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Poppy108 has posted in the forum discussions I did it! Night out AF
And now it's 2.24am and I can't sleep!This is my first post on here and that was my first night out without alcohol. Was dreading it as I knew that the few that... 43 minutes ago
DamYankee posted a comment on Manchester stats
Hi LF: this reminds me of the drug czar we mentioned on the site some months ago, who got canned for claiming that alcohol was a more dangerous drug than some i... 2 hours ago
DamYankee posted a comment on The Hopyard
I don't consciously test myself, but I do gear up a bit mentally for dinner out. It's not that I think I'll be tempted to drink, it's just that I don't want to... 2 hours ago
SueS_3 has commented in the forum discussions NEW YOUNG AT HEART THREAD, SAME ETHOS.
Wow, Jane, I would love to go to Seville. Agree with you about staying sane in a mad world!Judy, that is a funny photo. I like the sign I read yesterday which... 2 hours ago
peace posted a comment on Back again after a lonnng break
Hi Jubbs,Yes, to answer your question....I celebrate my sober birthdays and sober days and sober everything! Just bought myself a huge pink stuffed bear just be... 2 hours ago
DamYankee posted a comment on Day 21
You're a trooper for keeping your cool, Cazzer--just let her blow by xxx Diane 2 hours ago
DamYankee posted a comment on "DOZEN" IT FEEL GOOD ?!
I remember your first blog too--you are making spectacular progress, Alonangel, and your happiness just rings through xxx Diane 2 hours ago
DamYankee posted a comment on Day 16
I ran into someone when I was about a month AF and he said, "Wow! It's great to see you smiling!" I thought but did not say...and I know why! xxx Diane 2 hours ago
peace posted a comment on feeling lost
My son has a master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (soon to begin a doctoral program if all goes well; proud mom here) and his years of study and actual... 2 hours ago
DamYankee posted a comment on Knackered!
If it persists through another week I agree you probably need a blood panel done. Congrats on 38 days--that's fantastic xx Diane 2 hours ago
DamYankee posted a comment on Sober Weekends Rock
Sober weekends rock and so does Tracie! 30 days under your belt by now--well done. Welcome YogaLove! xx Diane 3 hours ago
DamYankee posted a comment on Happy influence
I don't know what's in our liquor cabinet either! And I could care less. So, so much better than examining the bottles, worrying about what was left, which leve... 3 hours ago
DamYankee posted a comment on 6 weeks AF!
Congratulations Magz, six weeks is marvelous! A lifestyle change it is xxx Diane 3 hours ago
bettertimes posted a comment on Knackered!
Be patient, if it doesn't pass it might be worth going to your doctor and having a chat, check your diet, early nights, the doctor might even suggest a blood te... 3 hours ago
bettertimes posted a comment on Day 16
Wonerful, hold on to that sense of achievement, yes a lot to be greatful for, yeh you will look so much healthier, that's the little added bonus, enjoy it, you... 3 hours ago
peace posted a comment on Manchester stats
This is shocking but I am so glad that your city publishes this data. I would like to have same data for the cities near me. The more it is published the more p... 3 hours ago
LouLou3 posted a comment on Alcohol, redundancy and life
Hi Diane - the Bali place looks like heaven on earth. $35 Australian dollars by the way. I just went on currency converter and that's $26.45 USD per night! I do... 3 hours ago
emilyoliver9600 has commented in the forum discussions New day
Hi Eileen, Good luck tomorrow on your second day for 2017! I'm new on this site today. It is my first day for 2017, after having two other first days that laste... 4 hours ago
DamYankee posted a comment on Resting and talking to teenage self
"For God's sake, straighten up!" xx Diane 4 hours ago
Pauline2 posted a comment on "DOZEN" IT FEEL GOOD ?!
Elderflower is nice and refreshing to x 4 hours ago
Suenew posted a comment on Manchester stats
thanks for this even I found these statistics incredible going to try and copy and send to my son no 1 who is a junior doctor and has some personal insight i... 4 hours ago
Emma_185 posted a comment on Knackered!
I find my energy very low lately in the evenings but that's ok. I read somewhere that it is important to sleep "lots" in early sobriety. I've been curling up... 4 hours ago
Emma_185 posted a comment on Part 2 (my sober date today)
LolPlease keep blogging I really hope the next guys face is woth licking lmao 4 hours ago
Dana_13 has commented in the forum discussions January 2017 - The Month of Hope
Good to see your furry face, Animal! Michelle - We leave paradise next Friday. Hubby is now "on vacation". And, it's very windy with torrential showers appeari... 4 hours ago
Emma_185 posted a comment on "DOZEN" IT FEEL GOOD ?!
Amazing lady!I've been having soda water with crushed up blackberries and blueberries, tastes sweet and so so pretty!PS - I like you too :) xx 5 hours ago
Cade posted a comment on 6 weeks AF!
Very Awesome Montana...Thanks for sharing your amazing achievement, Stephen 5 hours ago
Faithfaery has commented in the forum discussions 100 DAY AF CRUSADE
Sleep well Nana. Are you reading anything good? I've finished Alcohol Explained and glad I've got a copy on my kindle just in case.TT I've been scoffing sweets... 5 hours ago
Emma_185 posted a comment on Day 16
That's awesome! I'm tailing you by one day :). Keep reading and blogging x 5 hours ago
justintime posted a comment on AF Chuck it in the Fuck-It Bucket options
...go to bed and hide under the duvet with a book! x 5 hours ago
MyrtleTurtle posted a comment on The joys of being sober
Nature feeds my soul too Justintime. Xx 5 hours ago
Animal has commented in the forum discussions January 2017 - The Month of Hope
Hi all - I've finally moved into the new house, and got broadband back, hurrah! I have lots to catch up on here, but some great numbers from the looks of it!I'v... 5 hours ago
justintime posted a comment on Cocktail Shakers
Brilliant. Can't wait for the parties! xxx 5 hours ago
Cade posted a comment on Day 16
That's Great Delgell. 16 days is amazing. I can totally relate. 3 days was my longest in 12 years. Do whatever it takes to be free, Stephen 5 hours ago
Scottish lass posted a comment on Manchester stats
OMG, frightening! 5 hours ago
Cade posted a comment on "DOZEN" IT FEEL GOOD ?!
Awesome Alonangel. Yes, water gets boring. I try to get creative with sparkling water and fruit. Keep Rockin, Stephen 5 hours ago
Cade posted a comment on AF Chuck it in the Fuck-It Bucket options
Scream and hit the punching bag with the music wide open. Or go on a drive through the country roads. 5 hours ago
justintime posted a comment on The joys of being sober
Ah he's a beaut Myrtle. Newleaf, great advice - go for a walk! Nature feeds my soul. We have lots of foxes around here and every night they call to each other... 5 hours ago
elaineh2003 posted a comment on Part 2 (my sober date today)
Great blog - you sound so strong and I'm glad at least the food was great! Hopefully your next date will be more "..may I please lick your face" Man, that mad... 5 hours ago
lookingforward has posted the blog Manchester stats
Evening!Day 27 here...I was idling on the Manchester Evening News website and read an article about the city having a high rate of hospitalisations and deaths d... 5 hours ago
Bubble_11 posted a comment on Part 2 (my sober date today)
Brilliant... food and tea heaven... well done. X 5 hours ago
Delgell has commented in the forum discussions Glasgow meet Feb
Hi Linda count me in coming from Edinburgh 5 hours ago
MyrtleTurtle posted a comment on The joys of being sober
Yes Diane, they certainly do move quickly. We came face to face with this one on a blind corner a few days ago, thought it was a big brown dog with fluffy ears... 5 hours ago
Suenew posted a comment on The Hopyard
before you know it you will be going down the booze aisle to test yourself... 5 hours ago
Scottish lass posted a comment on Smug sober me
Good on you, Buddy! xx 5 hours ago
Nana Treen has commented in the forum discussions 100 DAY AF CRUSADE
Thanks Steveo, keep em coming. I used to have teach students like him - for my sins. Virtual cakes, Steveo, I'm in agony with my shoulder after cortisone on T... 5 hours ago
Swimmer posted a comment on AF Chuck it in the Fuck-It Bucket options
Lie on the sofa, eat chocolate or popcorn and watch box sets under a blanket.i know, I know ...not productive but then neither is drinking. 6 hours ago
Lavender1 posted a comment on Day 21
Thinking of you Cazzer. Maybe this is an impossibility but would your mum listen to how all this is making you feel. You are the strong one here though by not... 6 hours ago
steveo has commented in the forum discussions 100 DAY AF CRUSADE
Good evening/morning allThanks Faith & Miz, but I can only keep track of milestones/anniversaries because i've got nothing better to do lol.Treen, Are you b... 6 hours ago
Lavender1 posted a comment on Smug sober me
That's bloody fantastic BW! The best gift ever. Good on you x 6 hours ago
Kmleo has joined Soberistas, say Welcome! 6 hours ago
ratherbeswimming posted a comment on Smug sober me
Yay!! Good for you! Goals are wonderful! Removing alcohol from the equation makes it so much easier on your body and mind. Enjoy the journey. Crossing that fini... 6 hours ago
BuddyWilson posted a comment on AF Chuck it in the Fuck-It Bucket options
I try to get together with a friend , go for coffee or a movie. I also do the yoga ( sorry) and I also run. For me that works wonders.Book a massage? A mani-ped... 6 hours ago
ratherbeswimming posted a comment on 6 weeks AF!
I noticed the evenings feeling much more relaxing and enjoyable and sometimes productiv, when needed. Different and better!! Love it!! (: 6 hours ago
Newleaf_2 posted a comment on 6 weeks AF!
Well done on 6 weeks. And it keeps getting better and easier. What is not to like about AF living? Xx 6 hours ago
marinu posted a comment on sneaky shame!
Oh dear beaker I am late in responding, catching up on blogs after having been away for work. I am so sorry that you were feeling like this and can I just say... 6 hours ago
BuddyWilson has posted the blog Smug sober me
Just signed up to do a half marathon in June!!!Being AF will make training that much easier. Its the gift that keeps on giving!! 6 hours ago
Lyndylou posted a comment on Day 21
Hmmm, you are having a rough time at the moment cazzer. Don't really know what yo say, aside from stay strong and stay AF cos drinking defo wont help. xx 6 hours ago
BuddyWilson posted a comment on Part 2 (my sober date today)
I love the humour you brought to the whole experience. Being sober allows us to see more, observe more, feel more ( the good and the bad!).And agree nice skin a... 6 hours ago
ratherbeswimming posted a comment on Im going to set myself a challenge
That is on my list, but perhaps when I am settled more into my AF lifestyle. (7 weeks so far). Spring sounds appropriate to me.Keep us posted on your progress.... 6 hours ago
Aazaya posted a comment on Part 2 (my sober date today)
A 2 and no alcohol!!! Double points! 6 hours ago
Poppy108 has posted in the forum discussions I did it! Night out AF
And now it's 2.24am and I can't sleep!This is my first post on here and that was my first night out without alcohol. Was dreading it as I knew that the few that... 43 minutes ago
DamYankee posted a comment on Manchester stats
Hi LF: this reminds me of the drug czar we mentioned on the site some months ago, who got canned for claiming that alcohol was a more dangerous drug than some i... 2 hours ago
DamYankee posted a comment on The Hopyard
I don't consciously test myself, but I do gear up a bit mentally for dinner out. It's not that I think I'll be tempted to drink, it's just that I don't want to... 2 hours ago
SueS_3 has commented in the forum discussions NEW YOUNG AT HEART THREAD, SAME ETHOS.
Wow, Jane, I would love to go to Seville. Agree with you about staying sane in a mad world!Judy, that is a funny photo. I like the sign I read yesterday which... 2 hours ago
peace posted a comment on Back again after a lonnng break
Hi Jubbs,Yes, to answer your question....I celebrate my sober birthdays and sober days and sober everything! Just bought myself a huge pink stuffed bear just be... 2 hours ago
DamYankee posted a comment on Day 21
You're a trooper for keeping your cool, Cazzer--just let her blow by xxx Diane 2 hours ago
DamYankee posted a comment on "DOZEN" IT FEEL GOOD ?!
I remember your first blog too--you are making spectacular progress, Alonangel, and your happiness just rings through xxx Diane 2 hours ago
DamYankee posted a comment on Day 16
I ran into someone when I was about a month AF and he said, "Wow! It's great to see you smiling!" I thought but did not say...and I know why! xxx Diane 2 hours ago
peace posted a comment on feeling lost
My son has a master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (soon to begin a doctoral program if all goes well; proud mom here) and his years of study and actual... 2 hours ago
DamYankee posted a comment on Knackered!
If it persists through another week I agree you probably need a blood panel done. Congrats on 38 days--that's fantastic xx Diane 2 hours ago



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