• Melnz posted a new activity comment 1 week, 2 days ago

    Our hearts are aching for you & your family Mrs D. It is because of YOU that so many of us are now gratefully & happily living our lives to the best of our abilities. Sending much love your way xx

  • Melnz posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    Hi @tim, just checked in here to make sure you OK, happy to learn you are safe. We don’t know each other… but I always read your posts & silently ‘cheerlead’ your AF journey & great progress. Remembered you mentioning Brighton so assumed you live in Chch and just wanted to reach out to you & all my fellow kiwis going through this terrible time.…[Read more]

  • Melnz posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Thanks for sharing this…perfect timing, joined this site about 7 months ago and starting to really feel positive about my progress & what next year will bring. The words ‘consistency & desire’ sit alongside another 2 words I read recently re sobriety: ‘commitment & confidence’. So you get the drift “Really want it, commit to it, be consistent…[Read more]

  • Melnz posted an update 4 months ago

    Good morning @embracingsober …now it’s my turn to wish YOU a very Happy Birthday! It’s a gorgeous day to be celebrating your day of birth and a great (not too big) number, I hope you get spoiled rotten! As a shining bright soberista you will be able to soak up & enjoy every detail…rather than the drunken ‘wheels coming off’ through the course…[Read more]

  • Melnz posted a new activity comment 4 months ago

    Thank you so much! Beautiful, hot sunny day where I am…and I scored a day off work. Started the day with 7am walk on the beach. Avocado & poached eggs on toast for breakfast then gardening & housework. Who is this person who would normally start her birthday (hungover from ‘birthday eve’ drinkies) with a champagne breakfast then drink all day &…[Read more]

  • Melnz posted an update 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    What a crack up @embracingsober I’m the 18th!

  • Melnz posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    Good morning @aprilaries Totally agree, I have struggled too as find most things too sweet. Have you tried La Croix? It’s sparkling water with a hint of flavour, available at Countdown in packs of 12 cans for $12. It’s in the bottled water section in my supermarket, so far I’ve tried lime, orange, peach-pear, grapefruit, passionfruit, berry. I…[Read more]

    • Oooh yeah not a fan of the overly sweet drinks, (yet I could knock back a bottle of rose or bubbles in a blink of an eye, hahaha) so this is fantastic, thanks @melnz

      • So little is low sugar or a safe alternative. I simply give up and make my own + soda. Rhubarb/raspberry is wonderful though all the party goers drink mine, abandon the wine..

    • I’m the same with sugary drinks I have just cleaned up my soda stream and been looking at the zero sugar syrups and there are some cool flavours
      I even do a glass of soda water and pop in a couple of wedges of lemon and cucumber real yummy and refreshing

  • Melnz posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    Thanks for the shout out @embracingsober …all good here thanks lil sis….and I seem to be navigating this new site! As you know, I’m not claiming to be 100% AF but 98% AF! Looking forward to the next 6 months, summer will have it’s challenges but I’m actually really looking forward to a sober Xmas & New Years. Xmas won’t be a problem…I’m…[Read more]

    • 98% is a pretty good win in my books… I agree, I’m looking forward to this holiday season sober too, there is something very reassuring for me to know that alcohol is just not going to feature in my festivities… that of course means hangovers and over-indulgences and wasted mornings feeling rubbish are also not going to play any part in my…[Read more]

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

    Thanks for the shout out lil sis, yes I’m back from a beautiful holiday and doing great! If total abstinence is the goal…then I failed while on holiday by having a couple of glasses of wine. But if personal progress is the goal…then I am feeling so proud of what I achieved. If someone had said to me 6 months ago that I would go on holiday with…[Read more]

    • And you should be proud, extremely proud @melnz… we started this journey nigh on 6months ago and its pretty awesome we’re going to be celebrating 6 months sober very very soon… absolutely no fails on holidays, well not in my books anyway! Its about the journey… not the ‘consecutive’ days… so keep shining bright my sober sis!

  • Melnz posted an update 6 months ago

    Just to say hi @embracingsober, loving our orange counter today! Really happy with my progress, can’t believe how far I’ve come. Still reading heaps of ‘Quit Lit’. Off overseas on holiday tonight so taking “Mrs D is Going Within” as part of my holiday reading. Instead of being obsessed about drinking while on holiday, I’m focusing on all the fun…[Read more]

    • Hi my lovely sober sis! Go us, 150! We have done so well… you are going to have such an amazing holiday, not only will you enjoy focussing on the actual holiday, but your mornings are going to be blissfully fresh, and hangover free! Are you away for long? Whereever you go have a great time! Restful and revitalised! I love it! Enjoy and Safe travels xx

  • Melnz posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    You are our shining light & inspiration, thank you MrsD! Have a happy & safe Labour Weekend, hoping you can squeeze in some self-care in the midst of all the crazy busy stuff xx

  • Melnz posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    Welcome to LS! You will Bee Happyier without alcohol in your life. Short term pain for long term gain

  • Melnz posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    That is massive!! Well done on riding out this big challenge early on in your sobriety. Your determination is inspirational. Enjoy your clear head today x

  • Melnz posted a new activity comment 6 months, 1 week ago

    I can’t tell you how stoked I am for you! Awesome result & I totally understand the feeling of having that weight lifted. I found being honest & accountable to my GP & addiction clinician got me on the right path, along with this amazing site of course! And a massive dose of positive determination. Well done!

  • Melnz posted a new activity comment 6 months, 1 week ago

    Welcome to LS!

  • Melnz posted a new activity comment 6 months, 1 week ago

    Try not to feel nervous, hold your head high & feel proud of all that you are doing to reclaim your life…it’s not easy but you are doing it! All the best for your appointment & I look forward to reading how it goes

    • Hi meeting with Lydia at CareNZ was amazing. I felt safe and non judged and was as honest as I have ever been with anyone and felt like a weight had been lifted. She told me I was doing all the right things and that my positive determination shone through. I am seeing her for an hour a week for the next 5 weeks (she goes on maternity leave) and…[Read more]

      • I can’t tell you how stoked I am for you! Awesome result & I totally understand the feeling of having that weight lifted. I found being honest & accountable to my GP & addiction clinician got me on the right path, along with this amazing site of course! And a massive dose of positive determination. Well done!

      • Fantastic…sounds like a great positive.

  • Melnz posted a new activity comment 6 months, 1 week ago

    A warm welcome to LS!

  • Melnz posted a new activity comment 6 months, 1 week ago

    Wow, those numbers are adding up. Well done!

  • Melnz posted a new activity comment 6 months, 1 week ago

    Congrats, massive achievement!

  • Melnz posted a new activity comment 6 months, 1 week ago

    It is very scary…but you will be safe here, lots of info & support from people who totally get it. I read your comment that last time you quit cold turkey you got sick – your doctor might be able to help with that. If you can, just don’t drink today

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