• NewStartSteph posted a new activity comment 36 minutes ago

    Back on my hotel room now. Ended up chatting with a small group of colleagues – one who also wasn’t drinking and 2 others who had only had one or two. It was nice, and funny. A good way to see out the evening. I think I will use the toilet escape often for a breather! Day 1 of work retreat complete. Yay! Cup of tea, bed and book await!

  • NewStartSteph posted a new activity comment 2 hours, 3 minutes ago

    PS. I just reapplies lipstick. I’ve never ever remembered to do that when drinking! 😂

  • Day 21. I’m in the toilets at my work function. Needed a moment out with you, my sober friends! This is my first big social event since stopping drinking. I haven’t felt like drinking but am noticing the volume go up as the quality of conversation goes down. I would kind of like to slip off to bed as it is 10pm NZ time … but it’s only 8pm here…[Read more]

    • PS. I just reapplies lipstick. I’ve never ever remembered to do that when drinking! 😂

    • We re always here. I hang out in the toilet when things get tricky. Good on you. Just try and stick it out. 😀

    • omg i did that at a nieces wedding exactly what your doing, best thing to do xo

    • You can always claim jet lag. I travel a fair amount for work and often have to deal with jet lag, as do my colleagues. Everyone understands when you have to duck out early because of it.

    • Back on my hotel room now. Ended up chatting with a small group of colleagues – one who also wasn’t drinking and 2 others who had only had one or two. It was nice, and funny. A good way to see out the evening. I think I will use the toilet escape often for a breather! Day 1 of work retreat complete. Yay! Cup of tea, bed and book await!

  • Day 20! Off to Sydney tomorrow for 3 days with work. A mix of work and play. Will be a different experience for me this trip with no booze. I’m planning to go hard on expensive mocktails, early-ish nights and morning walks! 😆

    • Good for you! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

    • Congrats on Day 20! Me too. Felt a little down this weekend, but stayed away from beer drinking. Trying to minimize TV watching, as every other commercial seems to be a Coors light Ad. Have a safe trip!

    • 20 days!!! Oh I LOVE Sydney!!!! I lived in Brisbane for a year a while back…and would move to Australia in a heartbeat, if I could. Have sooo much fun and I hope the heatwave won’t be too insane right now down there.

      oxxoxox

  • NewStartSteph posted a new activity comment 1 day, 3 hours ago

    Nice work on day 20. Me too! Recommend some of the reading on this site to help with the feeling you are missing out. Keep going. Day 30 just around the corner.

  • NewStartSteph posted a new activity comment 1 day, 3 hours ago

    Welcome @SharonMooney 😊

  • NewStartSteph posted a new activity comment 1 day, 3 hours ago

    Oh no! Try contact admin?

  • Day 19. We settled on a new property today and the real estate agents gave us a bottle of champagne. It was very tempting to share it with my husband to celebrate… but just before we headed off to visit our new house, a friend of my husband’s popped around. His wife stopped drinking about a year ago and he knows I have stopped. He said “how are…[Read more]

  • NewStartSteph posted an update 4 days ago

    That’s a wrap on day 17. A friend of mine was heading off to a music and wine event this afternoon and when she mentioned it I had the strangest reaction … I felt ill at the thought of sitting in the hot sun drinking wine! Sounded horrible. All I could think of was the slight burn of the wine and then the dehydration from alcohol plus sun. All t…[Read more]

  • NewStartSteph posted a new activity comment 5 days, 8 hours ago

    I love your little updates and cheers for us. Thanks @tim !

  • NewStartSteph posted a new activity comment 5 days, 8 hours ago

    That’s great! Glad you got through the evening with your parents. Just keep going. Nice work on getting out for a run/shuffle!

  • NewStartSteph posted a new activity comment 5 days, 8 hours ago

    Welcome @amandaom – good to have you here 🙂

  • NewStartSteph posted a new activity comment 5 days, 14 hours ago

    Day 16 for me too. 🙂 Just realised how much stuff I am getting done lately without any alcohol fuzz! I’m actually sleeping badly… go figure, but waking up in the middle of the night for no reason, is still a better experience than waking up at 3am with a dry mouth, sweats and thoughts of “why did I drink so much… ???” – and feeling miserable…[Read more]

  • NewStartSteph posted a new activity comment 5 days, 14 hours ago

    Welcome @kaydee – good to have you here.

  • NewStartSteph posted a new activity comment 5 days, 14 hours ago

    Enjoy your walk @LuluD. Thanks for sharing the quote.

  • NewStartSteph posted a new activity comment 6 days, 1 hour ago

    Oh man @petaswan – that’s a tricky one. Have you spoken to them much about your being sober? Maybe if you talk to them but make it about your need for their help, rather than about their drinking? Tell them that you have no problem with their drinking, but at the moment you are just finding it hard to be around? Families are tricky. If they are…[Read more]

    • Great advice, I will make it about helping me, I have been escaping in my usual drinking times (from 4 onwards) and walking mostly, but just struggle when I return. I don’t want to offend, so will ask if they can help me. I have wonderful support with friends and daughter, and feel really positive.

  • NewStartSteph posted a new activity comment 6 days, 1 hour ago

    Welcome @PLJ7 – glad you found us.

  • NewStartSteph posted a new activity comment 6 days, 1 hour ago

    Sorry to hear that @mathilda. It will get better – promise. Keep coming to visit. The stories can be inspiring and keep you going 🙂

  • NewStartSteph posted a new activity comment 6 days, 2 hours ago

    Be proud when you see your friends. You should be! I bet more than one of them does a bit of self-reflection when they see your example (no doubt they have their own 3am moments of regret…).

  • NewStartSteph posted a new activity comment 6 days, 6 hours ago

    Hi @lila. Welcome here. Lots of support! Day 15 for me and have found this place very helpful. 🙂

    • Thank you! I just read your introduction. So many similarities:). I am glad I found this community.

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