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6/30/18 12:25 P

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Hi,

I just joined the team and looking to stop my "before I go to sleep" drink. (it is only one can of beer or 1 glass of wine)

I also have 1 beer with DH on the porch in the early evening which I don't mind enjoying with him.

(I got him down to a beer on the porch and 1 glass of wine before bed.) which finally got his Cholesterol and Triglycerides way down to almost normal)

Addiction is alive and well in the family.

I have gone AF for Easter so I do want to stay with the one porch drink for the summer.




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6/27/18 1:56 P

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You are with like minded people here for sure. Depression and anxiety often lead us to drinking and ironically they also cause more depression and anxiety (vicious cycle).

Make sure you check in regularly and I even have extra support via a 'secret' Facebook group if that interests you. You can check out my blog for more info: losedabooze.com/day-296-of-365-geari
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6/27/18 9:33 A

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Hello Everyone! I am inspired by what I have read so far. I am happy to find a group of people with similar desires to go AF. I feel like I will be better understood by people who are going through it. Two years ago my grandpa passed away at the same time we bought a house and my parents moved. Apparently it was way to much for me to handle and I went into depression. Not knowing for over a year what was causing my head symptoms (the short version). With help from therapy I got past that, however, old habits die hard and whenever there was stress I would drink to make myself feel "normal" and be able to function. Over the weekend I had read an article that all made sense on the way my head has been feeling for almost two years. The alcohol just helps me mask my symptoms without me being able to actually deal with what's going on. Plus, out of the 83 lbs I lost 8 years ago, in the past 3 years I have put back on 30lbs because of increased calories from drinks which leads to more snacking. I am looking forward to using this team everyday!

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Welcome - and please check in with the daily chit chat thread for a more active thread.

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6/25/18 11:44 A

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Hi everyone! I'm new to the group. I've hit a plateau and when I looked back to when I was last consistently losing, it's when I cut out the booze. I tell myself that I can work it into my calories and it will be fine, but I forget about all the other effects, like disrupting sleep, sapping energy, lowering my guard on food choices, and taking up time I could be exercising. Looks like I know what I have to do! Good luck to everyone!

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4/1/18 2:00 A

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Somewhat new to the group. Looking forward to be AF. Feeling better when I don't drink. Looking forward to dropping some pounds. I can control the alcohol, but I cannot control menopause!! lol

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3/20/18 9:02 A

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I'm new to the group. I have cut back on my beer drinking but seem to have increased my whiskey drinking. I joked that people talk about "beer bellies" but I've never heard anyone talk of a "bourbon belly". But I think whiskey lowers my willpower to avoid eating too much and/or too poorly. So I'm hoping that joining this group will help me to lose weight by cutting back on any king of alcohol.

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3/16/18 1:16 P

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Hi, thanks for starting this group. I'm ready to take this step and ready to join you all on the journey. Short version of my story: I lost my husband a year ago and a few months later, lost my father. I loved them both deeply and did not handle the grief well. I began having a drink every night. Then 2. Now it is a habit and it holds me back from many goals, including losing the weight that I put on when I started drinking. Vicious circle, that. I have at last begun to heal and my grief is no longer so overwhelming. My goal in joining this group is to break my habit and establish new, healthier physical habits. It's helpful to have company along the way.

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3/6/18 7:27 A

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Good morning! I am new to this group - I am so grateful to have found this group! To celebrate, I joined the "alcohol free one night/week) did not drink at all on my first day belonging to the group (Monday). And this morning, I feel great - no brain fog, no disappointment in myself, no hopelessness. I'm not looking to give up alcohol completely; I'd just like to feel that alcohol is an occasional option. So, I think I will skip it again tonight, and focus on developing healthy habits. Thanks for listening.

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2/26/18 5:09 A

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Hi everyone just introducing myself, my name is Lindsey I'm glad to have found some like minded people I thought I was the only one who drank on this site no-one seems to mention it. I'm not going to kid myself that I can cut out alcohol all together I just want to cut down and as it's Monday morning now I'm going to set myself a goal of staying alcohol free till friday if anyone is looking for a buddy to help stay accountable I'm here. I'm hoping to use the team pages to keep me on track when my kids go to bed that's the time I struggle and feel like I deserve a drink or when I have time to think about the stressful things and tell myself I need one.

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2/20/18 7:39 P

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Welcome Therese! This is my Day 10. I was stuck and couldn't lose any more weight because of (YOU know)! Not only that, I get a really severe and alarming skin condition on my face, hairline and scalp when I drink alcohol (I will spare you the details) and I HAD to do something FAST! It is now 10 days and my skin condition has cleared, my blood pressure has dropped from very high to low normal, my resting heart rate is upper 50s/low 60s AND...I am losing weight again! (Not to mention saving a lot of money, too!) We can DO this!
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2/20/18 4:13 P

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Hi. I'm Therese from Staten Island. Today is day one AF. I did weight watchers last year and was loosing weight but I couldn't not drink. I looked at myself in the mirror 2 weeks ago and said, wow - I don't look healthy. I look 10 years older. So, here we go. Lots of life style changes ahead. Slow and steady. I want to live till 90!

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2/17/18 1:11 A

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Hi, everyone, my name is Carole. I live in Boston and I am new to this group. I never drank alcohol until around age 40, but once my son started high school and I had to adjust to the changes in our relationship, it quickly became a real problem for me because I made the poor choice of using alcohol to cope with my feelings. After repeated attempts to control my drinking over many years, I have come to the realization that moderation will never work for me because once I start, there is no "off" button. I am a binge-drinker. If I don't touch it, it's very easy to stay away. I just can't have that "first one"...EVER. I quit drinking for over a year and lost 77 lbs. I was very good until November 2016, then I guess the Presidential election outcome and other reasons were my excuse to lapse, or rather, relapse! I regained 38 lbs.! Since then I have tried to moderate, and have even lost 19 of those 38 regained pounds, but I have had a few "episodes" that have convinced me that AF is the way to go; otherwise...I don't want to think about it! I feel SO much better when I don't drink. It's only been seven days since my latest attempt, and I noticed so much improvement already! I am definitely sticking to it this time. My six-month mark should be around August 15th. I will turn 60 on August 18th, by which time I hope to be back at a normal weight of 140 lbs. or less. Here we go! Best wishes to everyone, whichever path you choose!


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2/16/18 2:33 P

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I have slid back into moderate drinking. It is a slippery slope for me. I know that I can do this. Today I will be Alcohol Free! AF 5 days this week is my goal.



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2/16/18 7:11 A

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New to the group, found you through the front page article about one of your members. My husband and I regularly have 1-3 drinks a night while we eat snacks and watch tv. Definitely not healthy! Today we head to our lake cabin and usually it's the same thing, so I am challenging myself to have only ONE drink tonight (or none).

I hope it doesn't sound too lame that I will permit myself to one drink. I'd like to get in the habit of a nice hot cup of tea before bed instead, so I will take my tea bags with me. I always have good intentions, then blow it in the moment.

I'm hoping to find inspiration from this group!

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2/15/18 2:35 A

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Hello, new to the team! Would like to be AF for at least 30 days. Today is my first day not drinking. I have been binge drinking, everday easily consuming 3-5 drinks/day over the last year. I hope sobreity will bring clarity to my life, repair relationships, make me stronger and more healthy.

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1/10/18 9:51 P

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I joined a long time ago and since then completely slid back into old habits. I'm back, have been 4 days AF. Yeah!



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12/17/17 8:55 A

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Hi Bella I'm Jami. I have been on this team for about 3 years I think. I too have struggled with cutting back, quitting and which one is the best route for me. Hence my coming back to the team. I sometimes feel like I focus on it to much and so I take a hiatus from the team.


You will find this to be an incredibly supportive team as we each have our own goals and challenges. This is a very safe zone. Be well and feel free to reach out.

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12/14/17 11:14 A

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Hello all: I've been on Spark for over 7 years now and have lost and re-gained weight. Now that I'm older, weight loss is 'a whole other game'. I have tried to completely cut out alcohol but, quite frankly, I miss it when I do that. I do admit, however, that I need to cut back because it's definitely impeding my weight loss.

Hopefully I will benefit from this team and contribute as well!

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11/29/17 9:11 A

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Hello team,

I have been on Sparkpeople for years but I haven't been very active lately. I joined this team several months ago but just realised I hadn't ever introduced myself when I got an email from BEFITSPIRITED this morning. I hang out on another Sobriety forum (offsite) almost daily.
With alcohol and weight loss I am a big fan of anonymity so I never use my real name. I go by Leila online. Nice to say hello to you all.

I have been AF for 332 days and I am aiming for my first year. It has really helped me to (almost) maintain my weight as I haven't been doing as much exercise as last year when I lost the weight.


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11/21/17 11:08 A

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Hello! My name is Linda. I need to keep the booze to a minimum.

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I'm baaaack. Been in & out of here a couple of times. Was finally ready to HEAR it the other day when my husband said, after many other times before, "Ya know.... if we quit drinking beer....." (you might be able to drop the weight you're trying to lose) Not to mention feel like a human being. Have been AF the last 2 days and feeling awake & rested like I haven't in WEEKS.

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Hi to all the new people!! Welcome!!!

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9/13/16 10:03 A

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Hello - I'm new to this group. I'm having to face up to the facts that my alcohol of choice is crazy high in calories and often, I'd rather have a few beers than eat an actual dinner. Looking for support while I make healthier choices and cut down on the beer.

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Hi all. My name is Julie and I'm a newbie here. I too have been overindulging in drinks lately emoticon , and of course some high calorie snacking that seems to go hand in hand with it (for me anyhow.) Glad to have found this team :) .

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Hi Everyone,

I am new to the team and looking forward to getting support from others who are trying to cut back on the alcohol. I never had issues until I started into my divorce and moved in with a girlfriend who I did not know was a pretty good drinker, like others one or two glasses a night have moved on up to more, not a good habit. Hopefully we can all add some humor/fun and encouragement to each other thru our posts and any advice I will gladly take :)

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6/7/16 7:48 P

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Hi there Lissie! Welcome to our team! You will find this to be a very supportive and non-judgmental place to be. We are all at different places in our journey's. The daily chat thread is definitely the active thread here. We also have a place to track if you are so inclined. Take care!

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6/6/16 12:35 P

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Hello!
I am a professional food writer and memoirist, and where there's food, there's wine (and beer, and booze of all sorts). I am joining this team not only because I want to lose weight (20 pounds, and it won't budge, regardless of my gym visits, carb-cutting, yoga-doing, dog-walking) but because I want to cut back on my wine consumption. Way way back. It's become a way of life for me. Over the years, I've developed significant metabolic problems, NAFLD, heart disease, and my wine intake --- my spouse and I can easily down 2 bottles a night, by ourselves; one while cooking, one while eating --- has spun out of control vis a vis my general health. I'm glad to be here, and look forward to being on this team. Thanks so much (in advance)!

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1/4/16 5:51 P

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Glad to be joining this team and looking for inspiration and motivation! Hi everyone!

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HI Tam and welcome to the team. You will find this to be a very supportive and non-judgmental place to be!

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Hello everybody! I'm Tam, and I've been a member of this team in the past. I wasn't really ready to begin moderating alcohol in the past, which was why I left this team, but now I feel that I am ready to try again. I've been doing a lot of work in the past year with intuitive eating, self-care, and practicing moderation with food and exercise, and now I am ready to apply what I've learned to my alcohol consumption. The idea of moderating or abstaining for a few days at a time doesn't freak me out like it used to. Also, I had a c-diff infection last April and can't drink beer or cider any more because they cause bad GI symptoms; I am thinking that cutting back on wine and liquor would also help my poor GI system heal up. I feel like I have everything to gain from learning to moderate and nothing to lose, so I am back with you all.

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I apologize that I didn't see these posts until Monday night. We're happy you joined us. Check out the daily chat thread and jump right in !

Mary - yes, kids are a great motivator ! Remind yourself that you're taking care of yourself for THEM !

Sidewinder72 - you write so well ! Great to hear your story. I lost 40 pounds and then gained it all back. Keeping it off is harder than losing it to begin with ! Sigh. I'm also trying to drink just one day per week. This is new for me so I'm not sure if this will work for me or not - but so far so good. I've had 11 days alcohol-free (AF) in the past 14 days. (Well that's 3 days with drinks . . . but still that's good). This way I don't feel totally "deprived" but hopefully will still lose weight. Together we can do this !

See you all on the "chat thread".
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Hi Mary,

I'm new to this team too though I've been 'Sparking' on and off for some years! As I've said, wine is the problem for me as well. I have arthritis and read that Cherry Juice is meant to be helpful so tomorrow I'm going to get some and try drinking that instead of the wine. Plus I'm going to get some herbal sleeping tablets and see if they help with the insomnia.

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Hello My Name is Mary I am a newbie!! I have been trying to lose weight for years with little to no success. Mostly due to wine! I can't seem to give it up. I am getting older and need to start living a little smarter so I am there for my kids. emoticon

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Maybe I should try something like that. My main problem is insomnia. If I drink some wine, I manage to sleep. If I don't drink, I don't manage to sleep. Thing is, wine induced sleep isn't quality sleep. So maybe I need to use something for a short while to help me get into a sleep pattern and then try and replace that with regular exercise. Somewhere amidst all the clutter, I have a 'body clock alarm'. I've never tried it out so maybe I should find it and try that too.

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I guess I'm just finally determined and motivated to change this time, and that's helping me stick to it. Over the past year or so I've seen my mother's health and mental state really decline because of her increasing alcohol use, and I just don't want to end up like that in another twenty years. (For some reason it didn't hit me as much, growing up, with my grandmother, I guess because I never knew her in her "sober" days. But remembering how my mother was ten years ago versus today has really been a wake-up call.)

I'm also finding it far easier to stick to it by cutting back *severely* on drinking instead of just cutting back a little. When I'd try to "just cut back a little", or have an AF free day once a week, I don't think I was challenging my relationship and reliance on drinking enough. I didn't think I was "strong enough" to not need it, but now I know I can do it and it's not as horrible as I thought it would be. Also, too, using kava to help with the anxiety that I otherwise was self-medicating with alcohol has been a huge help. When I get that "I need a drink" panic attack, I make myself a small bowl of kava instead and that will take the edge off for at least a few hours, usually enough time that the craving is passed.

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What helps you stick to your plan Sidewinder?

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Hello,

I realize I've been reading/posting here for a few days without making an official introduction.

This is probably my third time in the last 3-4 years I've tried to get on the SparkPeople weight loss wagon - and realizing each time that alcohol was a big part of my problem. Each time before I failed but I am feeling more motivated than ever this time around. I've got a different mindset and a different approach, and I feel like it HAS to pay off this time. But it is not going to be easy.

Long story short: I've always struggled with my weight since childhood. Never to the extent of "obesity" but always carrying more pounds than I should, and being self-conscious about it. 10 years ago I knew I was at my heaviest weight ever, 200 pounds, starting to need to shop in the plus-size stores and sections, and I was sick of it. With a friend also on the program, the two of us did Weight Watchers together and each lost 60+ pounds very easily. I felt and looked better (in my mind) than ever before...although toward the end people were telling me I'd lost too much weight and I was starting to obsess over what I was eating to the point of potentially developing an eating disorder.

I soon thereafter met my significant other. We've been together since and I guess part of being happy together has been eating lots of great meals together (I love to cook), and drinking a lot of wine and cocktails to go with it. And while my SO has good self-control, tends to stick to 1-2 drinks a day tops, I didn't have that control. I come from a family of alcohols and should have realized the weakness was there. For many years now I have simply found it impossible to IMAGINE a day without alcohol, be it a bottle of wine with dinner or vodka & soda throughout the day. Or Bourbon & Coke when things are rough. A lot of family stress on top of that and it's been like I've put back on almost 10 pounds a year for the last 7 years. And with getting older, and having some hormonal issues as I've hit my 40s, it has been so much harder to lose weight than it was when I was in my early 30s and single, with nothing much to worry about but maintaining my health!

In the past I'd try to "cut back" on drinking but was never successful for more than a week or two at a time. Cutting back for me meant trying to only have 2-3 drinks a day instead of 4 or 5. But then it was too easily to slip up and I realize I was failing because I was still wasting too many calories on booze.

So back in early July of this year I decided that was it. I would try a different approach to "cutting back" by restricting myself to drinking only one day a week, if I could swing it. I didn't want to give it up entirely but I knew if I kept treating it as something I needed everyday, I'd never get myself under control.

It's been about a month now and I'd say I've been more successful than not. Except for one week's holiday where I let myself have 2 glasses of wine a day, I've stuck to the one-day-a-week plan successfully. I already notice my tolerance dropping so that I actually do get a buzz from 1 drink again, instead of needing 2 to even feel anything. I mentioned in another thread that I've been using kava to help me transition off the alcohol and it has definitely helped, by giving me a little bit of that alcohol relaxation "buzz" without the loss of mental clarity and without the grogginess, which is great. And since you're not supposed to mix the two, I have to make a decision every morning if I'm going to have a "kava day" or an "alcohol day"...and I'm starting to really prefer the kava days.

This past Tuesday I finally got on the scale again to see where I was at. I probably haven't even looked in two years and I did NOT want to see where my weight was at back in July. Sure enough, I was actually back to exactly the weight I was 10 years ago when I first tried Weight Watchers. Sigh. So that was another kick in the pants that I had to get even more proactive than just quitting the booze. I'm back on Spark plan this week, and boy, it sure is easier staying in the calorie restrictions and getting my nutrients without all that alcohol soaking up the calories! But we'll see how the scale responds. I've had people tell me over the past two weeks that I'm LOOKING better already, less bloaty and blah-faced, but it's hard for me to see the changes yet.

Anyway, that's enough of a ramble for now, although it does feel good to lay it all out there as part of my commitment to change. I just want to get to a point where I don't hate my body, I don't hate my dependence on alcohol, and where I can just enjoy alcohol socially and responsibly when I want to, like other people, you know? But then again I've been saying that about my relationship with food all my life, too...

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Hi,

I've been a member of Spark since Feb 2009. Get so far towards my goal then go off the rails again as it were. So recently I've started again and decided I need to approach things differently. As part of this I've been reassessing many things. And finally addressing my drinking. For the last two or three years I've been drinking wine most nights. Occasionally I think this isn't good I won't drink tonight. So I don't. And then I figure, see, I haven't got a problem. I'll go for a while not drinking every night, and then I slip back into it.

On Sunday once again, I thought 'this isn't good, I won't drink tonight'. Yet around 8.30 p.m I cracked open the bottle of wine.....

Monday I thought 'this isn't good. I won't drink tonight'. Yet around 8 p.m I was doing some batch cooking that included making a cider and mushroom sauce. So I poured a glass of cider. Then another. Then I had some wine.

I don't get to the point of blacking out but I know its unhealthy and hindering my weight loss. Not to mention I need to address whether this is an addiction or just a bad habit. Either way I need to deal with it. It's just too easy because there are three or four shops within five minutes walk where I can buy wine at £2.50 or £3.00 a bottle which is surprisingly not cheap or rough tasting.

Part of my overall reassessment has been going through my 'spark' teams. Leaving some that are inactive or that are no longer relevant. As part of that I joined another team [not alcohol related] and I came across this team.

Yesterday I read through some of your comments. And I figured I'd sleep on it and see if I still felt this team could be good for me. Avoidance I expect. Plus I wanted to be able to report an AF day when I joined. Yesterday evening I had to go into one of the shops that sells the wine in order to get some milk. But I had decided I wasn't going to drink last night and I didn't buy any wine. The rest of the cider is still in the cupboard too.

I slept really badly. Part of the reason I started drinking wine was related to insomnia. Clearly I need to deal with that rather than creating yet more problems for myself by drinking too much. Even with a bad night's sleep, I feel so much better today.

Sorry for the long post. I think I needed to say this to 'others' because it's not something I talk about with friends.





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Welcome SAANDE! Glad you found this group and think it will be really helpful to you. I think we're all on different journeys and want to encourage each other without judgement. You can do this! emoticon


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Hi SAANDE!! Welcome to our team. You will find this team very supportive. The nice thing about this team is we support each other and are completely non-judgmental. Please jump in. We are all here for you!

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Hi all! Glad to find this team! I definitely belong here. I have over 100 lbs to lose and I blame almost all of it on my drinking. I feel like everything is connected to that one decision. I drink late at night after I get home from work (I get home at midnight), usually have some sort of unhealthy food at some point, go to bed around 3 or 4 and then I'm up by 8 or 9. Not enough sleep! Then I'm set up for failure during the day. I wake up sluggish, usually skip breakfast, wait until I'm STARVING around 1 or 2 and then eat a huge meal. I recently got a fitbit and discovered that most days I would be considered sedentary (less than 5000 steps). I have been repeating this cycle for about 6 years now, almost every night. I need to break the cycle. Every morning I tell myself I will do it today and I mean it. But the most crucial part of the day for me is about 7-9pm. The state stops selling alcohol at 9pm every night. It is during this window that I almost go on auto-pilot to make sure I have a supply. The last three nights I fought the urge and I feel GREAT! I just need to keep remembering how I feel when 7-9pm rolls around!

Anyway, nice to meet you all. :)

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Hi everyone!! I am so happy to have found this team!! Shout out to SEPTEMBERSPIRIT for posting about it in her blog! I have been talking about cutting back for a while now but bf and I seem to just stop at the store every night after school for some beers/wine emoticon I have been successful in losing 15# since the beginning of the year and that's with drinking but I feel like I could be more successful and just overall more healthy if I cut back. I'm shooting for night or two during the week and Fri/Sat to start off. Look forward to meeting everyone!

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Hi all. Want to cut back because I'm getting fatter again... it costs too much in various ways... Hope to find a buddy or two on this team for mutual encouragement.

Cheers :)

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I'm baaaack. Have been on Sparks since I left, but decided to retry the team. I'm older now - lol - 55, & have survived some trauma the past year, so now some of my reasons for drinking are gone, but new ones have arisen. (besides really liking beer - lol) My husband has now started joining me for wine in the evening - kind of a bonding thing after almost divorcing 3 times in the last 9 months we are doing everything together. I looked at some of the links too for alternatives to AA by cutting back etc & have found them VERY interesting. See you all on the forums.

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Hi Deirdre, DD stands for DD. You will also see MOD, this means drinking in moderation. There is no set number or amount, more what MOD means to you. This team is rich with experiences and support. We are here to support each other through this journey,

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Hi! I'm new here. I have not been good trying to lose weight. I can attribute my failure to drinking. So here I am. I want to have a few alcohol-free days per week and start a regular exercise program, something I will stick with. I have a question. What does the acronym DD mean? I may have misused it in another thread! Today I am traveling for work and can hole up in my hotel room tonight. I will avoid buying a bottle of wine to accompany me and my book.



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Hello everyone ..I guess I'm what you call a weekend drinker ...to be honest I probably would drink during the week too if my DH would not get so upset ...anyway I have been gaining more and more with every weekend that passes . I do good all week with exercise and food choices ...then the weekend comes and I blow it . So I'm hoping by joining this group it will help me with the motivation to really slow down .

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Hi everyone!! It is hard to admit, even to yourself, that something as commonplace as drinking is out of hand. I know it's the end all be all of why the lbs aren't coming off. I have one too many at night, then don't have the energy to get up and exercise. I have to say, I'm pleased with the way I eat (we aren't going to talk about yesterday though). I'm not looking to quit drinking completely, but I have noticed over the past year, my DD days are seriously overtaking my AF days. Hoping to give and receive encouragement and accountability. Good luck to all of us in what we are trying to achieve!! emoticon

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