• Kate1975 posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    Oh look a good book recommendation @soberT – thanks!

  • Kate1975 posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    Lovely number! x

  • Kate1975 posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    Like @robynb I have been doing the 16:8 and generally find it pretty easy (I never was a breakfast fan anyway). In my eating hours I do my best to stuff in nutrients. Mostly eating vegan at the moment but not too strict on the rules. Have some treats most days – seems to be working. I am snoring less like a warthog and less aches and pains,…[Read more]

  • Kate1975 posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    Yep flat as a pancake here too but this too shall pass. Hang on to hope. You are doing so great x

  • Kate1975 posted an update 2 months, 1 week ago

    So @morgan gave me a shout out and dragged me back in here. Thank you so much lovely! How am I doing? 194 days sober and well over $1000 dollars better spent. The stats look good. Everything is not always rosy. It has been a tough start to the year, but things are improving slowly, they have to. The low down feeling still sits in the wings…[Read more]

  • Kate1975 posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    You are amazing!

  • Kate1975 posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    Welcome to the most supportive sober site I know of x

  • Kate1975 posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    @morgan as always you are an inspiration. I am indeed scrappy and bad-assed. That is what it takes to get by, so no regrets about how I came to be so. x

  • Kate1975 posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    You have a beautiful day too – before you know it three weeks will pass… and then three months x

  • Kate1975 posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    You are doing so well. Already you ARE a better person as you are investing time and effort into your whole, real self x

  • Kate1975 posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    You are amazing to keep at it so persistently. None of those sober days are wasted – they make you healthier and stronger. Keep going! I haven’t cracked 400 days yet – my first 200 is looming large though x

  • Kate1975 posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    Thanks Dave – always appreciate your fulsome replies. Getting back on the plan has helped lift my mood and you are right – helping others always helps us. Have set up a date with my sober buddy in real life too. x

    • Hi Kate. Spending time with your sober buddy is a great idea and will help you a lot. Give them a damned good listening to is my advice… it will help both of you.
      And here’s a quote from Franklin Roosevelt for you: “Do something. If it works, do more of it. If it doesn’t, do something else.”

  • Kate1975 posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    Hi @mtedenmummy, yes I am on Quetiapine. I dropped my dose down to 150mg a few months before giving up the drink. Psychiatrist put me back up to 200mg a night when I went off the antidepressants. Her advice was 200-300mg is a mood stabilising dose, less is an antidepressant dose and above 300mg is an anti-psychotic action. So she was more…[Read more]

  • Kate1975 posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    Yes the amount per drinking session is probably the key. Anxiety from drinking is a normal physiological response. Have a look here and see if you find something helpful (I can’t recall the full explanation coherently enough to describe it): http://www.alcoholexplained.com/

  • Kate1975 posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    I find people are like this usually because they are threatened by your non-drinking. Might force them to take a look at their own, or maybe they are already asking themselves questions about their drinking that are uncomfortable. Sobriety seemed like the worst punishment to me while I was drinking, even when I was hating myself for it. Ha ha…[Read more]

  • Kate1975 posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    I also ran a HALT assessment on myself. Hungry? yes, had a lovely smoothie and some dosa with peanut sauce and sauerkraut – nom nom, Angry? no, not really, Lonely? a little so I got on here and talked to you lovelies, Tired? possibly, took a nap.

    • I’m so glad, sweetie. Have a lovely mood lifting sleep. My hubby is also on a mood stabilizer at night for sleep. It’s such a relief for him after a tough day.

    • You are going awesomely well Kate1975. i was going to take myself off the antidepressants but was strongly advised not to so i will work on that goal with my doctor. Right now, being AF for me is everything. Go well and look after you. Put the oxygen mask on yourself first. You sound like a strong lady.

  • Kate1975 posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    Thanks all, I felt better just getting it out there. I am still on a mood stabiliser at night which has some antidepressant function too (I have type 2 bi-polar). The huge benefit of that is that I get a bit of a mood reset after I sleep. I am under the care of a psychiatrist through drug and alcohol at the hospital and due to see her in a few…[Read more]

    • I also ran a HALT assessment on myself. Hungry? yes, had a lovely smoothie and some dosa with peanut sauce and sauerkraut – nom nom, Angry? no, not really, Lonely? a little so I got on here and talked to you lovelies, Tired? possibly, took a nap.

      • I’m so glad, sweetie. Have a lovely mood lifting sleep. My hubby is also on a mood stabilizer at night for sleep. It’s such a relief for him after a tough day.

      • You are going awesomely well Kate1975. i was going to take myself off the antidepressants but was strongly advised not to so i will work on that goal with my doctor. Right now, being AF for me is everything. Go well and look after you. Put the oxygen mask on yourself first. You sound like a strong lady.

  • Kate1975 posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    Yep day-after drinking brutal anxiety – I got to that point a few years ago and then everytime I drank I got it. Heart pounding, panic attacks, waking up in the night. The anxiety alone was scary enough to make me want to think about stopping. ‘Alcohol explained’ is a great book for understanding the effects of alcohol on our bodies and…[Read more]

  • Kate1975 posted an update 3 months ago

    Hello LS crew! Day 168. It has been some time since I posted here but I think the Pink Cloud has burst for me over the last two months. ANy advice on getting through the other side of this phase @daveh? I have been off my antidepressants for about 3 months now and I feel like I am sitting on the brink of the big black hole. The witch in my…[Read more]

    • @Kate1975 – you know that the wine is only going to accelerate the depression. While getting off antidepressants is an amazing achievement, maybe you are asking too much of yourself to be AF and drop the medicaiton at the same time. We are human. Feeling low is human, but low, low, low maybe you need to check in with your doc.

    • You are doing phenominal on day 168! I echo @rise2015s concern about stopping antidepressants so soon after quitting drinking. I’ve heard that coming off those is like a hard drive winding down to a stop with brain zaps and other horrible withdrawal symptoms. And being an environmental scientist on top of that? No wonder you are feeling low.…[Read more]

    • @kate1975 why are you off your anti-depressants at the same time you quit drinking? That’s really hard. I tried it once and within 6 weeks I was at the doctors. The brain can only handle too much change at once. Perhaps speaking with your doctor about it would be a good idea. 🙂 I want you to feel better. xoxoox

    • It does sound as if you have had a great deal to contend with when really, child care is more than a full time job. I used to get lovely teens to come and play with mine, even while I was there. It kept them so happy, and I could get stuff done, while still being near the angels. Is there such a possibility near you? A bit of extra pocket money…[Read more]

    • Big hugs @kate1975 don’t listen to that wine witch she tells lies, and a wine won’t make the situation any better! Wish I could offer some advise, really hope you feel better soon… be super kind to yourself, sounds like a lot going on xx

    • Thanks all, I felt better just getting it out there. I am still on a mood stabiliser at night which has some antidepressant function too (I have type 2 bi-polar). The huge benefit of that is that I get a bit of a mood reset after I sleep. I am under the care of a psychiatrist through drug and alcohol at the hospital and due to see her in a few…[Read more]

      • I also ran a HALT assessment on myself. Hungry? yes, had a lovely smoothie and some dosa with peanut sauce and sauerkraut – nom nom, Angry? no, not really, Lonely? a little so I got on here and talked to you lovelies, Tired? possibly, took a nap.

        • I’m so glad, sweetie. Have a lovely mood lifting sleep. My hubby is also on a mood stabilizer at night for sleep. It’s such a relief for him after a tough day.

        • You are going awesomely well Kate1975. i was going to take myself off the antidepressants but was strongly advised not to so i will work on that goal with my doctor. Right now, being AF for me is everything. Go well and look after you. Put the oxygen mask on yourself first. You sound like a strong lady.

    • @Kate1975 if it’s too personal a question just tell me but do you take Quatiapine? I only ask because I used to take it and I’ve often wondered if I could get away without my SSRIs if I took it again. I know everyone is different but always good to hear other people’s stories.
      Sounds like you have loads going on. I hope you can ride out this funk.…[Read more]

      • Hi @mtedenmummy, yes I am on Quetiapine. I dropped my dose down to 150mg a few months before giving up the drink. Psychiatrist put me back up to 200mg a night when I went off the antidepressants. Her advice was 200-300mg is a mood stabilising dose, less is an antidepressant dose and above 300mg is an anti-psychotic action. So she was more…[Read more]

    • Hi @Kate1976. When we begin we are completely desperate and will try absolutely anything to get free of alcohol. We manage to get a few days up and begin to get hope. Then we find we are actually doing it… getting through day by day and not drinking. After that we get the pink cloud and it really feels like the effort is worthwhile and we’re get…[Read more]

      • Thanks Dave – always appreciate your fulsome replies. Getting back on the plan has helped lift my mood and you are right – helping others always helps us. Have set up a date with my sober buddy in real life too. x

        • Hi Kate. Spending time with your sober buddy is a great idea and will help you a lot. Give them a damned good listening to is my advice… it will help both of you.
          And here’s a quote from Franklin Roosevelt for you: “Do something. If it works, do more of it. If it doesn’t, do something else.”

  • Kate1975 posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Just read all of the thread – not the only one with the biopsy worries it seems – much love to all those who are struggling with health issues over the New Year xxx

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