• Mac007 posted a new activity comment 5 months, 1 week ago

    Thank you everyone for the lovely comments. 97% Plant base @hetiheti because I really don’t want to give up my RJ’S Licorice Chocolate balls! Lol, and I don’t feel guilty eating them! Haha… We have been having the most amazing meals and I am very fortunate that my partner is a fantastic chef. She has turned her hand to this way of cooking so well! @prudence lucky you spelt Seafood correct then ( Seefood 😉 Lol ) Good on you for giving it a go. I have found I don’t eat anything with sugar in it. My tastes have changed heaps.(except the couple of Licorice Choc Balls in my day) @Miss Canada I’d love to see how that movie pans out, Hmmm I wonder if the action would be more sedate! People would be dying to see it 😉 haha…. Lovely to see and hear from the new warriors @timidwarrior , @parky , @sober4real …I see Hetti has made contact with you on the plant base, 🙂 , , @jocord , @MissCanada and @torea2019 , You are all stars, keep up the good work and sooner or later your life will feel total normal being sober. I can’t help but say …you will soon be A Natural Shade of Sober like @prudence and myself! Lol 😉

    • Love it … and i was just teasing … sober4real and another sober warrior has contacted me … at present getting mentor training for a group called Challenge 22+ … all voluntary of course but much better if i know what i am doing i think xx congrats again Mac on it all .
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  • Mac007 posted an update 5 months, 1 week ago

    Hi everyone, Today I’m 1600 days sober!
    Some of you know me when I first started on here. There were around 600 members and now look at the membership!
    Back then I never thought it would be possible to ever write a post like this!
    1600 days without feeling guilty about the night before! That is a load of stress saved from my life.
    In the last 6 months many things have changed even more so for me.
    I have stopped dying my hair and gone to with natural shades of grey (hair colour not the activity! )
    I do my best 97% of the time to eat plant base. This has given me weight lose without trying. It has also been fantastic toward my better health. I no longer wake sore and manage my days far better. Thanks to @Hetiheti for showing us the way to this fabulous way of life.
    @Janus2 and @noelle who have often ‘shouted out’ to me wondering if I have crawled under a rock! I haven’t, and I think of you all often and wonder how you are all going.
    Life has got busier in all sorts of ways.
    I’m a first time Nana to a beautiful 8 month old girl called MacKenzie.
    This Christmas I had the delight to spend a couple of nights with them all. She is beautiful , bright and she needs to be squeezed with love as much as I’m able to do!
    Nothing compares to the joy of a little one in you life.
    She will never know me as a drinker, ain’t that grand!
    Well my tribe, rock on and remember you can do this shit. You really can 🙂 xo

    • Beautiful Mac … arent we the lucky ones ❤ 1600 days is just so fantastic … what a number aye … and what do you mean only 97% plant based … haha … but so good to hear it is working for you as it did for me … xx

    • congrats @mac007. what a great number. such a life. great post.

    • OMG that’s amazing!!!

      • That is beautiful, congratulations. I’m going to hold “Nothing compares to the joy of a little one in you life” close..

    • Congrats and nice to meet you! Thank you for your inspiring post.

    • Wow, day 1600! I can’t even imagine! I’m on day12, woo hoo! Hey, you just gave me an idea for a movie title….it could be the 4th instalment in the series…”Natural Shades of Grey”, it would be a hit! Seriously, way to go! You are an inspiration.

    • @Mac007 you’re an inspiration. Go you!

    • Wow! Congrats on your 1600 days Mac, so proud of you girl xoxox I’m still on the plant based but have taken up eating a bit of seafood now and again. No weight has come off me though, just doesn’t happen!! xox

    • Hi @mac007 darlin so nice to see you xxx huge congrats as always in your massive achievements xxx

    • Thank you everyone for the lovely comments. 97% Plant base @hetiheti because I really don’t want to give up my RJ’S Licorice Chocolate balls! Lol, and I don’t feel guilty eating them! Haha… We have been having the most amazing meals and I am very fortunate that my partner is a fantastic chef. She has turned her hand to this way of cooking so well! @prudence lucky you spelt Seafood correct then ( Seefood 😉 Lol ) Good on you for giving it a go. I have found I don’t eat anything with sugar in it. My tastes have changed heaps.(except the couple of Licorice Choc Balls in my day) @Miss Canada I’d love to see how that movie pans out, Hmmm I wonder if the action would be more sedate! People would be dying to see it 😉 haha…. Lovely to see and hear from the new warriors @timidwarrior , @parky , @sober4real …I see Hetti has made contact with you on the plant base, 🙂 , , @jocord , @MissCanada and @torea2019 , You are all stars, keep up the good work and sooner or later your life will feel total normal being sober. I can’t help but say …you will soon be A Natural Shade of Sober like @prudence and myself! Lol 😉

      • Love it … and i was just teasing … sober4real and another sober warrior has contacted me … at present getting mentor training for a group called Challenge 22+ … all voluntary of course but much better if i know what i am doing i think xx congrats again Mac on it all .
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    • Wow @mac007 legend!!!

    • Congrats, what a star!! I can’t wait to embrace my greys!!

    • @mac007, Awesome numbers, You are killing it!!

    • Huge congrats❤️❤️

    • Thanks for a lovely glimpse into what I hope will be my future (especially the grand-baby, my son is 28 and I’m getting antsy…)

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 7 months ago

    All good now Lotta. I was on both there for a bit! Lol

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 7 months ago

    Love the new site @mrs-d . Well done all xo
    Tried out the profile photo shot too! 😉

    • Hi @mac007 I just saw your notification which must have come through from the old site? (is that where you were?).. You may need to clear your cookies on your device or delete your bookmark and just go fresh to http://www.livingsober.org.nz which should bring you to this new site and then bookmark again. Hope this makes sense x

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 7 months ago

    Gidday mate!

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 7 months ago

    Hi @jasmaine, I have just worked it out. Click on the recalculate button. Then when the calendar pops up , put your cursor on the left hand top piece of the calendar it will then show a blank square click on it and it will go backwards by a month at a time until you get to where you need to be. Hope this helps xo

  • Mac007 changed their profile picture 7 months ago

    • Love the new site @mrs-d . Well done all xo
      Tried out the profile photo shot too! 😉

      • Hi @mac007 I just saw your notification which must have come through from the old site? (is that where you were?).. You may need to clear your cookies on your device or delete your bookmark and just go fresh to http://www.livingsober.org.nz which should bring you to this new site and then bookmark again. Hope this makes sense x

    • how nice to ‘see’ you on the site!! x

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 9 months, 1 week ago

    Helloooooo lovely @Bondi Big hugs to you and @Jules , well done both of you. xo
    These years have been the best , haven’t they?
    Not sure when I will be back up, your way, for a visit. Playing grandma myself and I love it!
    Love to you both xox

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 9 months, 1 week ago

    Many of us have been visited by The romantic whisperer that really is full of bullshit, @Cola99
    The idea, like you say sounds fantastic but playing it forward like you did and looking at the vision realistically , does pop that romantic bubble. Good job and well done. You just have to deal with those whispers as they come and believe me soon they will come further and further apart. Its a great day to be sober!

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 9 months, 1 week ago

    Congratulations @BellaB on your 4 years.
    A beautiful post from a beautiful woman.
    How lovely to read about the wonderful things you have discovered about yourself.
    You are a strong , gutsy young woman. Go You!!
    This road of recovery is more like the road to discovery!

  • Mac007 posted an update 9 months, 1 week ago

    Yesterday was my partners birthday and we decided to hold a little get together at our little home over looking the sea. As @prudence and @wildchild know, it is only a small place but being open plan it worked out ok to have 15 people there. It was BYO and finger food so we didn’t have to worry about our guests trying to find a spot at a table to eat. Many brought their wine to drink and I had to ‘borrow’ some glasses from my shop because if I had 10 wine glasses in my cupboard now they would be covered in dust and I just don’t have a NEED to have them there now!!
    I said to my partner, at the end of the night, NOT ONCE did I feel I was missing out by not drinking, I was the great sober hostess offering food around and never once filling their glass! Lol They managed to do that them selves but not all were that forward to help themselves to food.
    The food was lovely and there was a variety of meat dishes even though we have recently changed to the plant base food diet. I will confess though, I had to try a scotch egg and sausage roll that my partners 94 year old dad made! Would have been rude not to??!! Haha…
    I do feel better with this ‘new’ way of eating so we will see how it goes. I am very fortunate that my partner is right into cooking it and very good at it too, so the change for this ‘meat eater’ is huge but I think I am adjusting ok!
    Giving up the booze has been over 4 years now , recently changing to the planet base diet AND letting my hair go naturally grey by giving up the dye bottle and becoming a new grandparent ……. what amazing changes have happen to me! ….. ……………
    I’m a sexy sober, salad eating, hippy happy, grey granny! ……………..Better than a Stinky, cranky, winky, wonky ass!
    Have a beautiful day everyone! xo

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi @ariesmac84 , I have an understanding of how you are feeling and it will become easier. Your dad is certainly helping you do this, and watching your friends 2pm live melt down (if I can call it that) was something you did need to see. Times like that give us a shake up and wonder why we thought it was ok to do that to ourselves once upon a time! Keep up the good work my friend, and have the peace of mind your little girl will never see you live on facebook at 2pm drinking and getting sad and bad. xo

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    Keep it in the loop. Love to be there 🙂 Thanks @marmite xo

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    Yes, I can’t believe it has been 4 months since my first grand baby was born! And I’m loving every photo, video posted to me and the every so precious visit! Love her to bits xo

  • Mac007 posted an update 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    What a fantastic day! Suns out and it’s warm!
    And what a lovely week it has been too, and the high light was catching up with our fun loving entrepreneur @prudence and meeting the beautiful @wildchild . They arrived bearing gifts, the most beautiful fan aloe plant! So generous and thoughtful. Thank you so much girls. We loved having you at our home and we throughly enjoyed your company.
    That is one of the most powerful tools in recovery for me is the connection with fellow members on this site. We bare our soul at times with one another and we know they understand what it is like to battle the demon within.
    And when we meet up with our new friends it is like we have known each other for years!
    We just know we will be forever friends.
    My working week starts today as I only open my shop four days a week over the weekends, and I just had a car load of ladies come in. They just told me, they have dump their kids off with their husbands and are on a girls weekend, staying at a holiday home where they will unwind with a lot of wine! Once that would have really made me jealous but at that moment I looked at them and I just felt sick. My brain now goes straight to the aftermath of drinking where as before all I could see and feel was the excitement because I was in the romantic illusion of spending a weekend with Al and Col ! Thank goodness I ditch those guys!!
    Life is for enjoying each day. It helps when the sun shines but it helps more by not drinking! xo

    • Hey @mac007 hearing you on the feeling sick thinking about the unwinding with grog bit. Lovely you have met Prudence and Wildchild-such fun! Cracker day in the deep south too- shh all the other buggers will wanna come here lol

      • Beautiful day here in the north island. Lovely spring weather. Daffodils are out so pretty and cheerful ! Have a great weekend.

    • Hey I’ve just noticed your lovely new profile pic! And isn’t it amazing how the sun can make such a difference. Finally a warm day here with bright sun after weeks of cold wetness. A great way to head into the weekend! x

      • Yes, I can’t believe it has been 4 months since my first grand baby was born! And I’m loving every photo, video posted to me and the every so precious visit! Love her to bits xo

    • Sounds like you have a wee piece of paradise at your place @mac007 You are so right about the power of meeting fellow alcohol sufferers 🙂 It really does feel like we all met in a past life somehow ..lol eek maybe we did and were too intoxicated to notice 🙂 I was really happy to see @wildchild and @prudence too. I get so much inspiration from you all so thanks! Enjoy the sunshine tomoz xx

    • Beautiful post through and through… thanks so much for sharing this!!! oxoox

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    @janus2 ……. swimming with the tide, gal? 😉

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    Love to hear of your travels, as always, @Kerris . You and your lovely man deserve every bit of it xo

  • Mac007 posted an update 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi there friends and fellow ex piss heads! I haven’t been on here for a while, not because I have abandoned the site or anything, it’s just because life gets busy when you don’t just focus on drinking every day!
    I’m looking forward to seeing @prudence and meeting @wildchild on Monday. They are coming to our place and my partner has offered to cook a special planet base dinner for us! Gee, I hope the girls are ok about seeing the cows roaming in the paddock next door rather than dished up on their plates! 😉 I love catching up with the beautiful people I have meet from here over my time and to know that have become life time friends, that is very special indeed! We have many laughs and much fun when we get together. Who needs booze to do that? We don’t!!
    A big hug and special congrats to @mrs-d in ticking over 7 years. You are an amazing strong woman, the Queen of LS! I can remember when I first started you were nearly 3 years and now I’m past that! You are the living lamp lighter my friend 🙂
    Recently I spent a week up at my daughters playing Nana to my new 3.5 month old granddaughter.
    It was a magic time. And then they decided to come down to our home (4 hour drive ) the week after, for a couple of nights while my son in law had days off. We packed our fur babies into the kennels and made room in our one bedroom place for them all to stay! It has been along while since I had a baby in my bedroom sleeping! She was of course the model grandchild and slept all the 1st night and most of the second night, until our cat decided it was time to come back home and see ‘someone’ sleeping in my room! I was running around quietly trying to shut up a meowing cat in the house and then ended up with baby cuddles at 4am instead!
    When my 4 years ticked over the other week, I had a ‘moment’ and thought I needed to message my two girls telling them that I was now 4 years on and how sorry I am of how my drinking effected things in their lives etc…… bit deep for…[Read more]

    • Hey, lovely woman, you speak wise words. So looking forward to seeing you on Monday and having plenty of chat and laughter, and meeting your partner. I hit a cow in the black of night last week, so in the paddock is EXACTLY where I want to see them! Lovely of your friend to cook for us, yee haa, see you soon xoxo You will be amused to see hwat we are driving. Rory is lending us his Subaru Legacy rally car with big spoiler etc hahaha xo

    • Huge congrats on your 4-year soberversary! That’s so cool, what a milestone 🙂 Sorry to hear about your youngest daughters response, I empathise, I know how I struggle with guilt over my drunken mum days. But, we are sober now, and look at how amazing life is in comparison! Enjoy your time catching up with LS friends xo

    • Wow 4 years, big congrats. Enjoy the catch-up, I love reading your posts @Mac007 you write from the heart xx

    • @Mac007–your post almost made me cry. I too know the pain of drinking around the kids and a year ago I drove my precious little grandaughter in the car after i had been drinking!! My daughter hasnt forgiven me and her husband even less so. I will never forgive myself for doing that and right now just the thought of all that makes me want to drink!! I wont but my head feels so bad for all the crap Ive put my loved ones through! Thanks for the reminder—important to remember what booze did to us.

    • Amaaaaaazing post ! Massive congrats on four precious years !

    • Omg now am crying lol you know my history. But yay ypu grandma. So proud of ypu.

    • Hey buddy. Wow congratulations on four years. Bloody awesome. So lovely to hear about your granddaughter.
      Enjoy your catch up with all the sober superstars, I wish I was there with all of you xx

    • Such a heartfelt post, you are a treasure xx

    • @mac007 thank you for sharing. Your words are an inspiration. Hitting save on this one!!

  • Mac007 posted an update 10 months ago

    Thank you everyone for your kind words today.
    I surprised, from my lovely partner, to a lovely restaurant meal to celebrated my 4 years sober.
    A beautiful day to be 1461 days sober and a hell of a lot more richer for it in many more ways than one!
    Have a lovely sober sleep all. xo

    • Congrats on four years AF @Mac007… that is such a fabulous achievement. Any AF ‘reward’ planned? Other than a lovely meal out with your partner of course.

    • Thank you for posting and congratulations on your amazing four years of sobriety. You are definitely an inspiration to us newbies.

    • Congratulations beautiful strong woman. Xxxxx wish I was Was coming down with the others, but called to the Nth. One day soon… Xxxx

    • Four years, how wonderful that is. Happy for you, @Mac007

    • Congratulations on 4 years you sober superstar!

  • Mac007 posted an update 10 months ago

    Today I’m 4 years sober!

    I started to write my 4 year post and I had so much I wanted to say and as I was writing I had a sudden thought , bloody heck these guys and gals have heard all this before. Not because you may know me and have read some of my posts over the last few years but because we all have similar stories.

    Every story is important because it is how we have survived our own shit storm.

    I have meet many sober warriors who have survived the booze shit storm to go on to:
    See the world and travelled far and wide, take up new hobbies, ride the bigger wave, to sing that greater song, to run that marathon, to become that master chef, to hit that hole in one, to build that castle, to start that new business, to write that best seller, become the coolest grandparent, mum, dad, sister brother and friend. Got married and or found true love. Dumped garbage and have never had to lift an over full recycling bin again! Those are some of the achievements that many of my new friends here have accomplished since they got sober.

    My life as a boozer was great fun for a while until the booze took over the driving and the wheels starting to fall off! ,
    I was living in a boozy wake full of guilt, sadness, with the odd high then great crashes, feeling alone, depressed , fear, broke, desperate, and really just feeling more and more like shit!
    I had to give up for good, as moderating never worked for me ………Yeah, I was certainly very scared and sad, to think that I had to give up something I loved doing!

    I just want to say…. it was fucken hard in those early days.
    You all knew that already, right?
    Yes, we share a common thread…….Boozer!
    I had that unfortunate dying thirst for booze even though it was killing pieces of me, I always wanted it……. Go figure!!

    I stopped pouring that drink for me, pulled out my stubborn side from the bottom draw of my desperation box and proceeded to take it one day at a time.
    Joining this site worked for me. I found peopl…[Read more]

    • Congrats Mac! What a fabulous testimony and I’m so glad to have met you xx

    • Man I love your post! Thank you so much for that. So positive and affirming. At 3 time round and 31 days in I’m thinkinh who wouldn’t want a piece of that!
      Yay I’m so happy to be here!!
      Congratulations to you on 4 years. So inspired! Blessings x

    • @mac007 congrats on 4 years and thanks for hopping on to share your story. You’re the inspiration that provides the way forward and the motivation for the rest of us!

    • That’s awesome! Great achievement!

    • Congrats @MAc007 – 4 years rocks! Thanks for the post, really interesting read. x

    • Congratulations to four years sober @mac007 xox

    • Congratulations @mac007 and thank you so much for sharing such a positive and hard fought story. It gives me encouragement to keep going and also to know that this journey is the absolute best one I will ever take for me and the people I love.
      So while there are days I feel like I am just plodding through quicksand, I do know deep down that every step counts.xx

    • Four years is absolutely fantastic! Excellent stuff! 🙂

    • Woo hoo! 4 years sober @mac007 … 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Congratulations! What an achievement. Its not easy for any of us, thats true, but I think its fair to say that you have had some additional difficulties that make your achievement particularly special. You are an inspiration. Xx

    • Love, love love this! Congratulations!

    • That is just phenomenal!! Huge congrats!

    • congratulations to YOUUUUUU!!!!! xx

    • You are a true inspiration and your story is amazing. Congrats on 4 years can’t wait to be soo far into that zone. I’m only day 16 but my brain is under strict instruction I’m now a forever
      Non drinker so suck it up!

    • congratulations. 4 yrs, wow.

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 10 months ago

    Well done Wonder woman 🙂

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 10 months ago

    I picked up some Whitestone cheese on my way, to take up to ChCh! A lovely treat 🙂 The best cheese I think!

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 10 months ago

    Hi there @Begoodtomyself, Sorry I missed you on Monday, I heard you popped into my shop. Glad you meet my partner. I am in Ch Ch visiting my new grand daughter and family. And I am here until Sunday or Monday. So I won’t be at the shop tomorrow but I will definitely be there the Friday before Pink concert and over that weekend. Hope to be busy!! Love to see you xo
    @prudence I’m looking forward to seeing you again and meeting you, @wildchild .
    Oamaru, Hampden and Moeraki are very special places. From the Oamaru Victorian Precinct with all it’s Beautiful Victorian buildings, Steampunk, Blue penguins, Beautiful coast line, Seals and sea lions, Yelloweyed penguins, Great restaurants like Fleurs at Moeraki and Riverstone…20 kms north of Oamaru where Dot has built her massive impressive castle home and Cucina in Oamaru by the Precinct. Moeraki Light house (penguins and sea lions). Then the Moeraki Boulders, which are becoming very popular now but if you get to see them at low tide on a lovely sunrise morning you will have the most magical experience.
    Oh, and there are some pretty cool people who live down this way too!! lol….
    See you all soon xox

    • Ro replied 10 months ago

      Ps I hope you see Little Blues and Hoiho if you get to go the seaside- nice cheese in Ommers too 🙂

      • I picked up some Whitestone cheese on my way, to take up to ChCh! A lovely treat 🙂 The best cheese I think!

    • Hi @mac007 I will pop in next Friday. I hope you’re having a nice visit with your family, we have certainly been turning on some nice weather.
      I would also add to places of interest @prudence Hampden’s very own Vanessa’s Cafe. We went there for a bite of lunch today, I had difficulty choosing- the food was delicious and the coffee was good too 🙂 Very cool wee spot.

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 10 months, 1 week ago

    Such sad news.

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 11 months, 1 week ago

    Well my little pocket rocket @Prudence you bloody legend!
    4 years and look at you? On top of the world where you belong!
    Always there for everyone no matter what track they have climbed. You are an inspiration to us all. And for me you have given me strength and support at many times and in many ways, more than you probably know.
    Thank you for being the busy you! And never stopping at doing anything because someone said it’s too hard and it can’t be done!
    We need a Tee shirt to wear sometimes that says……. Pocket Rocket Power, never say die! 😉
    to remind us of your energy and positive way.
    Inspirational, funny, top business woman, loyal, honest, and a bloody hard case friend anyone could have.
    BIG CONGRATULATIONS little buddy xo

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 11 months, 1 week ago

    Congratulations @normaleelucid my lovely strong friend. How blessed am I to have you as a friend! A friend to which I have great respect for.
    As you got to know yourself over these last 4 years, you were never selfish no matter what you were going through. You gave your utmost support to everyone that needed it, family and friends and people here that you had never meet.
    You are an inspiration to me and I will always be grateful our paths have crossed. Thank you to the bloody funken booze for that because we probably would have never meet if we hadn’t been down the shit road with it!!
    You celebrate well my amazing friend because you deserve every bit of applause given here.
    Love you dearly, Big Hugs xo

    • Awww Mac. So sweet,thank you I am overwhelmed buy these messages.
      Resilient- that is how the Dr described me and I like it and will take that as my mantra.
      Can’t wait for a catch up with you, @bondi and @Jules too. Love you guys xox

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 11 months, 1 week ago

    🙂 xo Thank you

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 11 months, 1 week ago

    🙂
    xo

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 11 months, 1 week ago

    Hi @Janus2 how you going gal? Yep, a granny I am jan I am!! 😉 Thank you.
    Loved catching up with our dear pocket rocket @prudence she never changes. So full of positive energy as always. Very cool indeed xo

  • Mac007 posted an update 11 months, 1 week ago

    Away having a grand daughter fix! I can’t believe it has been 8.5 weeks since she was born! Thought I’d better pop up and see her before she is off to school! How time goes by so fast.
    Time does fly by these days….no long hungover days feeling like shit and full of guilt they used to drag on forever until the clock chimed 5pm. Then I didn’t want the night to end so I could have a party and mostly on my own! CRAZY SHIT TIME that!!
    Now the days zoom by and I never clock watch for 5.
    First it was hours sober , then days, then weeks and then months and now years.
    Now when the sun comes up and I love it! Another day to live without all that booze baggage.
    And now I have a beautiful grand daughter to love and to show that life can be done sober.
    Imagine the fun I will have showing her that!
    Night night all.

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 11 months, 1 week ago

    Yep certainly @morgan too. (Never forgot ya buddy, saw you had seen this earlier 🙂 )

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 11 months, 1 week ago

    Some of the tribe members that may like to add their thoughts too @Mrs-D @marylourocks , @hetiheti , @jules , @ali @aldog , @watergirl , @soberstylist to name a few!

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 11 months, 1 week ago

    4 Years ago we all started our transformation to a far better way of living.
    Membership here was only around 600 now 6600 .
    We all start with a day one, like everyone else and 4 years down the track was a forever number. “WE ARE CHAMPIONS” to quote @prudence .
    We are proud of all our bloody hard work to get here.
    And we are grateful of the fantastic support from the many friends on here that helped us get there. 🙂

  • Mac007 posted an update 12 months ago

    In bed with a bad head cold today and thinking how inconvenient it is! Haha…
    The weird thing is I never thought about it being ‘inconvenient’ when I had a hangover! Just how guilty and pissed off I was about myself.
    Today I am 1400 days without booze being elbowed down my gob! ……..Imagine how my elbow feels not working that hard anymore?? Haha
    The early days were very hard but coming on here everyday was the savour to my sanity and got me through those dark ‘fuck it’ moments.
    The romantic version of drinking can still pop up now and again in my head and it is like a predator lurking on the web. It had groomed me into thinking it was safe and cool and that I can trust it in my life BUT I’m not under that spell now and can see it’s horrid dark side well and clear!
    If it is too overwhelming to handle and think about giving up forever, just break it done to the one day or hours if need be and deal with that moment………They all add up in the end.
    Be proud of those moments you are in charge and you haven’t given in and drank.
    You can get your life back, it can be done, there is life after booze!

    • Get better soon. Wonderfully inspiring post from a sickie.♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

    • Sending healing love, hope you are better soon. Congratulations on 1400, my counter says 1320, bloody legends!! Take care dear friend xoxoxo

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 1 year, 1 month ago

    Why does this not surprise me from the best woman in the industry, that when she sees an opportunity she goes for it!
    Bugger the hurdles aye?
    Love it, Queen of the City you! All the best xo

  • Mac007 posted an update 1 year, 1 month ago

    Wow, thank you ALL for the wonderful replies to my post last night.
    I heard the little one through the night, waking up her mum and dad! Oh I remember when!??!!
    They had it all sorted so this nana went back to sleep!
    Thank you to our @Bondi here, for sending the most beautiful hand knitted outfit and books that she had spent many years reading to her own grandchildren. My daughter sends you a huge thank you, Well off to bath a baby now!! Or watch 😉

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 1 year, 1 month ago

    Thank you buddy 🙂 xo

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  • Mac007 posted an update 1 year, 1 month ago

    As I write this I looked at my orange box and it said 1357 days of not feeling like a dickhead for drinking that day!
    Well, no more worrying about and wasting energy on that topic for me! No more feeling guilty about stuffing up and breaking promises to myself and bullshitting myself that I had this drinking career under total control!
    Gee, you can’t bullshit a bullshitter can you?
    Phew….. it’s exhausting to think of it all, really.
    AND NOW I’M A GRANDMOTHER (as of Mothers Day) I will need all the energy I have to keep up with this most beautiful grand daughter that any grandma/nana could have!!!
    Mothers Day this year for me, was a very special one indeed!
    I became a Grandmother for the first time and a sober one at that!
    Watching my beautiful daughter deliver another beautiful soul into the world was a moment I will cherish forever.
    I was there to help her through the very long labour and watch her manage the pain and then see the joy and love in her tired eyes after it was all over.
    A little life being born right in front of me and it is a little life with a bit of me in there somewhere to!
    I wanted to share this very personal moment with you all because this is one of the BIGGEST moments in my life to experience sober. How blessed could I be?
    I was watching this wee tot being born and I thought of the tough squeeze her little body has to go through to come into this world and all the things she will experience once she grows up.
    I know she has chosen the best parents in the world. And she will have a sober nana to watch her back and spoil her with love at every turn.
    No need for a breathalyser test here, to pick up this precious cargo for a cuddle!
    Thank you to all the sober support over the last 1357 days for that!
    Because her name can be shorten, the funny/nice thing is family are calling her little Mac! And these are people that don’t know that is what I call myself here (Mac007) 😉
    Now time to have cuddle number 1358 , oops better not wake…[Read more]

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    Loved catching up again @soberstylist 🙂 xo

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    Beautifully said @prudence xo

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    How beautiful. 🙂 xo

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    2 years of pure blood pumping through your veins @Oceania , you rock gal!
    ‘Strong and free’ comes to mind when I think of you.
    Loved meeting you and I can see a special tat being added to celebrate this awesome day!
    Hmmm….speaking of tattoos……… I wonder if @prudence has yet decided what she will have? 😉
    xo

    • aw thank you @Mac007 ! such a pleasure to meet you , you have such a warm smile and presence , yep another tattoo is on the cards fo sho xxx

  • Mac007 posted an update 1 year, 3 months ago

    A quick word …off to sleep after a very long day from Tauranga to Auckland to Christchurch by plane then 4 hours drive home……….Phew……….. but it was worth every bloody km to spend time with people I love dearly and to top off my time away with my most amazing LS friends this weekend. Thanks everyone for a fantastic get together! You are all so shit hot! 🙂 xox Sleep for me now, night xo

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    It was awesome to meet you @treehugger / wavecatcher 😉 Keep on owning your own wave buddy, life is good sober xo

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    @normaleelucid we did miss ya a heap buddy! Hope you are on the mend. Big hug my friend xo

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    Loved meeting you @emjaycee. Your kids have a very cool dad! I so loved the weekend with so many talented, strong , beautiful people who understand each other so well, all staying together for an awesome weekend, it doesn’t get much better than that? xo

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    365 days, you are a bloody legend @marmite . Congrats and a big hug too! So lovely to meet you in person. I’m really glad you got sober and our paths crossed. I can see fantastic road trips heading your way. You are one awesome strong chick! Well done my friend , 1 year done and dusted! xo

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    Hi @brahs Your story is like many of us here. You are not alone in this. My story is so similar to yours however my kids are adults. It has been 3 and a half years of since @Mrs-D told me to get my arse over to this site after I emailed her ,saying I thought I was going crazy and needed to do something before I lost everything! And I haven’t touch any alcohol since I started. I too was going to loose everything that was good in my life, all because of bloody alcohol. Hang in there and please feel ok to share my comment with your partner. They do loose trust and it does take a while to earn that back.
    Alcohol is a horrible horrible manipulative sweet talking friend and it lurks in your head and body. The internal fight with it is exhausting and frightening.
    You want to stop. You will.
    You have come to a safe place here where we do understand what it is like to sort this bastard thing out of our lives once and for all.
    Support and love go a long way.
    Please be patient with you other half because it is very very hard for them too. They are just as scared. And they need understanding too. It is hard to do this when you are battling your own shit. Do it day by day, hour by hour if needed. Keep going forward and always get on here if you are feeling low , alone or sad or happy. There is always someone listening. Writing things down even if you don’t want to post those feelings, it all helps.
    A saying that Mrs D says goes something like this …………”its not me , its the alcohol IN me……get rid of the alcohol in me then problem solved!
    You are not the alcohol but it wants to rule your life, take charge of you, ditch the bitch for good! xo

    • Oh thank you! That is so inspiring. It is such a battle, but I can do this!
      I have to do this!
      It’s really hard about 5pm. But after a shower and dinner and sit down to tv it gets better.

      Thank you for your words.

  • Mac007 posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    I think we have all thought many times, we aren’t cut out for this hectic world @Esharp76 . So the answer is we make our world within not hectic. The first step is to stop drinking, as you have, and things do get calmer without the added shit that alcohol brings with it.
    The second thing is time.
    We all have different time lines drawn in the sand for us as we are all different. With a bit of strong determination to see the shit feelings through we can reach the point where things don’t seem as hectic and realise drinking doesn’t help things become less hectic it makes things worse. Ride the wave and when you come out at the end of it still standing you will get what I mean. Inner peace is there just got to let it surface naturally. You can do this. Bloody heck I did so I know it’s possible. I started here when there was 600 members and now there are over 6000. And many of the original ones I know well and they have found their inner peace too. Dig deep and stick with it 🙂

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