• s1s2 posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Alcohol only dulls the experience, not enhance them. High-five on 7 days!

  • s1s2 posted an update 1 year, 2 months ago

    Hi all. Two weeks sober today. That’s the longest stint in sober world since I started drinking. Honestly, it’s been a battle everyday. I have the same debate every afternoon. So that gets exhausting. But I know from all of you, it will get better. The one thing I love—- SOBER SLEEP! Truly fantastic.

    • @s1s2 Way to go! Two weeks is awesome!

    • HI @s1s2 Whoop Whoop for 2 weeks! I am very familiar with that afternoon debate… It is wonderful when it passes and you have more time to enjoy life than worry about if, and how many drinks you are going to have xx

    • Well done @s1s2 🙂 2 weeks is fantastic. Keep going! 🙂

    • Great work @s1s2! Raising a green tea to you!

    • Two weeks is fantastic. Just keep on going. Promise ya it does get easier 🙂

    • Fantastic @s1s2! So happy for you. Try to have fun things planned during your trigger time. Mine was the dinner hour and if I could distract myself from 5-7 then I was fine for the rest of the evening. I’d do an exercise class or go for a walk. I always had a plan so HALT (hungry, angry, lonely, tired) wouldn’t sneak up on me and tempt me to drink. Another thing that helped was to constantly read up on the benefits of sobriety. It helped me to switch my thinking from I’m giving something up to I’m gaining so much. You are doing great!

  • s1s2 posted an update 1 year, 2 months ago

    My new mantra “You have to want sobriety more”. It worked today. Thank you for all the encouraging words!

  • s1s2 posted an update 1 year, 2 months ago

    I had a moment today. I was at the store picking up a few items and I found myself staring at all the wine and beer. I stood there for awhile…probably just shy of a store clerk asking me if I need help. The entire time I’m having this internal debate. There was a voice that said “just walk away and check out.” And there was the all too familiar voice that said “It’s been a week, you deserve it. Go ahead!” I touched the wine, looked at prices, and I heard a voice tell me to just leave. So clear, so firm. I left my items, and walked out. Now I’m cooking dinner(Items were not essential:)) and am so grateful I listened to that firm, clear voice. It saved me today.

    • That’s good. You don’t drink that stuff any more. I can tell you what the price is on every one of those bottles, from here. Time to get strong.

    • Fantastic, you fought and won against a really strong urge x

    • AMAZING YOU WALKED OUT!!! GOOD!! INSPIRING FOR ME!! my head is starting to want it. I’m glad you shared. Thank you!

    • @sls2 that is flipping great and job well done!!
      I could totally imagine you touching the Wine, etc than doing the right thing and just leaving. Kinda sounds like a scene from a movie(lol and true)
      Booze sucks. It is literally physically poison and it destroys the soul. We don’t need that stuff!!

    • @s1s2 every time you do that, your sober muscles get stronger, and your addiction gets weaker. Nicely done!

  • s1s2 posted an update 1 year, 2 months ago

    Thank you all for the encouragement. What a wonderful group this is. So grateful!

  • s1s2 posted an update 1 year, 2 months ago

    I’m 2 days AF. This is usually when I give in to the drinking voice. As many of you suggested, I’m trying to change my routine. I’m going to the gym on my way home instead of the shop to get wine. The gym seems to help shut out the “ just go home and drink” voice. Anyway, I just wanted to check in

  • s1s2 posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Thank you. I’ve always had a paper thin plan when the voice starts at me. I give in so easily. It’s embarrassing. I’m trying to armor up to knock down the voice and stay sober. Thank you for the suggestions.

  • s1s2 posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Yes, I am rooting for us both!

  • s1s2 posted an update 1 year, 2 months ago

    Hi everyone. I’m trying to string some sober days together in the hope of getting some sober momentum. The last few years I’ve been on a roller coaster of 1-2 days of sobriety, then drink-regret, repeat. I’m tired of that ride. I don’t want to give in to that drinking voice in my head any more. I’m grateful for this site. Thank you

    • For those of us with an addictive voice in our heads, it can be very powerful. ‘Oh you’ve not drunk for two days, obviously you don’t have a problem, a drink (or 3 or 5) is well deserved’ etc etc etc. I feel for you and your fatigue with the whole process. Can you set yourself a 30 day goal? And have a plan about how you’ll deal with the voice (I named mine Gertrude and tell her to ‘f off’ all the time) and what you’ll do in the times you would normally drink. The sober tools part of this site is really good. Good luck!

    • @s1s2 what helped me was to 1st change my whole mindset from “I’m missing out” to “I’m gaining so much” by not drinking. 2nd, I realized I couldn’t wing it and hope for the best. I needed to identify my trigger time and have a plan in place to deal with cravings. Read through the sober toolbox on this site for ideas. Also Read sober blogs and listen to podcasts. They were my lifeline in the early days and taught me so much. You CAN do this. You CAN get off the merry go round.

      • Thank you. I’ve always had a paper thin plan when the voice starts at me. I give in so easily. It’s embarrassing. I’m trying to armor up to knock down the voice and stay sober. Thank you for the suggestions.

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