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Nana Treen posted a comment on Grammy Escoffier
Hearty congratulations to you sober Grandma, that is the best status there is. A very healthy weight and I just bet she's the most beautiful baby girl ever bor... 1 minute ago
Mandie posted a comment on Here we go again
So was I before I realised I was going to end up dead if I carried on, I then became open to anything and so glad I did 1 minute ago
Lallybroch posted a comment on Grammy Escoffier
Fantastic news, Escoffier. Enjoy xx 2 minutes ago
Newleaf_2 posted a comment on 500 Days or Surprised by Joy
Sheer - this is lovely to read. I often think of what I experience now as 'quiet joy'. Sometimes, I answer questions about being AF as saying I gave up for a b... 2 minutes ago
Morris-Dancing-Kath posted a comment on 500 Days or Surprised by Joy
What a lovely, encouraging blog and fantastic news about your daughter. Much love xx 4 minutes ago
DharmaGirl5 has joined Soberistas, say Welcome! 5 minutes ago
Mariec has joined Soberistas, say Welcome! 7 minutes ago
Petal posted a comment on Day One
What a goal Flamingo. I have saved quite a bit of money by not buying alcohol and it all goes on treats for me, and why not? Welcome and wishing you all the bes... 7 minutes ago
Morris-Dancing-Kath posted a comment on Grammy Escoffier
Congratulations on your new addition to the family!! What a lovely thought, that child will never see you drink xx 8 minutes ago
Morris-Dancing-Kath posted a comment on Day One
Welcome Flamingo!!!Oh... that single glass of wine... I was writing on someone's blog just earlier that a single glass of wine pushed me back after being AF for... 11 minutes ago
Sciencegirl posted a comment on 500 Days or Surprised by Joy
I love your image! Synesthesia is super cool! 13 minutes ago
Seagull has joined Soberistas, say Welcome! 13 minutes ago
pinklady_1 posted a comment on Grammy Escoffier
Thats so lovely escoffier....enjoy every minute! 14 minutes ago
Morris-Dancing-Kath posted a comment on 10 days
Corr!! That's loads of money to be proud of, well done!! Think of what it costs to have a skin treatment to improve your complexion, you've done that AND saved... 17 minutes ago
Carrie_47 has commented in the forum discussions 100 DAY AF CRUSADE
Thank you Nana and Ang 50Good luck Lisa we can do it this time x 24 minutes ago
Cade has commented in the forum discussions 100 DAY AF CRUSADE
Hey Yall...The tea and tattoo revolution has begun.....Congrats my Brit Bro drama queen Steveo and Fabulous HelloKaty on day 250...Fizzy, today is 5 for you. Th... 26 minutes ago
Sciencegirl posted a comment on Day 200... again!
Thanks for sharing this. I have bookmarked to keep for the inevitable times in the future I will think a glass of wine Might be a good idea. I think for many of... 26 minutes ago
Dana_13 has commented in the forum discussions March - The Month of Simplicity
Congratulations Michelle!!! 90 DAYS :))))Just a quick check-in this morning. I need to do some planning. My sister scheduled her heart surgery for May 11. I ne... 27 minutes ago
Patti posted a comment on The hardest thing in the world...?
Awwww..This is so good Expat. I know exactly how you feel because losing my Mom was alot like this for me in 2014. I love that you mentioned the positives of no... 30 minutes ago
Nana Treen has commented in the forum discussions 100 DAY AF CRUSADE
Welcome Lisa-Marie. We are all here on this journey with you now, so take a bit of time to familiarise yourself, get to know the place. You're on your third d... 33 minutes ago
Sciencegirl posted a comment on Ooh...hello, self respect. Nice to meet you
BlueAngel, I was in love with an unavailable man for a long time. He was separated but not divorced (which I used as justification that it was not cheating, but... 34 minutes ago
Ang_50 has commented in the forum discussions 100 DAY AF CRUSADE
Welcome Lisa-Marie and Carrie x 40 minutes ago
Lisa-Marie has commented in the forum discussions 100 DAY AF CRUSADE
I Lisa-Marie do hereby give my word, that I do now make a Solemn binding pledge, that I will reject alcohol in All its guises. I join this crusade and my initia... 43 minutes ago
Sciencegirl posted a comment on Here we go again
Hi Ashes to ashes. I live in America too (green card not citizen, but 20 years here). The election and current political situation is traumatic. Don't underesti... 44 minutes ago
steveo has commented in the forum discussions 100 DAY AF CRUSADE
Hi Ang_50, i'm so chuffed that the Day Count saved you from your 'wobble', that means that our AF100 thread is working like a well oiled machine.Day Count 1 v... 54 minutes ago
Phoenix posted a comment on The hardest thing in the world...?
Wonderful blog, Expatmum. It was just what I needed this morning. I miss my mom terribly and although I feel her presence, it's not the same. The fact that I... 56 minutes ago
Sciencegirl posted a comment on The hardest thing in the world...?
Sorry for your loss. 57 minutes ago
Cathy_1 has commented in the forum discussions NEW YOUNG AT HEART THREAD, SAME ETHOS.
Sheer - such an enormous relief for you all -you can relax now!Eliza - what is the book? Congratulations on winning it - I;ve never entered the draw for it...... 58 minutes ago
Daltara posted a comment on 500 Days or Surprised by Joy
Brilliant news and brilliant blog xx 1 hour ago
Tink45 posted a comment on Trust
Thanks for all your encouraging responses. I'm AF Day 3... Im following a meal plan I signed up for with my trainer because I knew it required alcohol avoidance... 1 hour ago
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Scottish lass posted a comment on Grammy Escoffier
Congratulations, Escoffier, grandchildren are an absolute joy! xx 1 hour ago
Kat_21 has commented in the forum discussions New!
Hello Vickie!It has taken me four years on this site to finally commit to making this life change, so congratulations on taking this brave step! I'm an immatur... 1 hour ago
Philomena has joined Soberistas, say Welcome! 1 hour ago
takingmylifeback posted a comment on Grammy Escoffier
Congratulations! Lovely news x 1 hour ago
takingmylifeback posted a comment on Flat Pack madness
So glad you are feeling better. I can't make this Leeds meet up as have my daughter all day but I'm not far from Leeds so should definitely be able to make one... 1 hour ago
takingmylifeback posted a comment on 500 Days or Surprised by Joy
This is a beautiful blog and such wonderful news about your daughter, I'm feeling quite emotional now! Congratulations on 500 glowing days xxx 1 hour ago
Nana Treen has commented in the forum discussions 100 DAY AF CRUSADE
Hey Carrie, good to see you and welcome back. You need to make sure you keep well hydrated now and give your body every opportunity to flush out those toxins.... 1 hour ago
Petal posted a comment on 500 Days or Surprised by Joy
Sheer, that is wonderful news about your daughter. Lots of love to you both xxxxx 1 hour ago
ashestoashes posted a comment on Here we go again
AA wasn't for me because I'm an atheist, but I know it's a lifesaver for many. 1 hour ago
Nana Treen posted a comment on The hardest thing in the world...?
My mother passed away in 1988 when she was only 63 and I still miss her, still feel that I was robbed of her way too soon. I like this insight, Expat, the "har... 1 hour ago
Annabelle_5 has posted the blog 10 days
10 days sober! I used to drink a bottle or prosecco and smoke ten fags a night. So I've saved £130 ! I've done so much that id normally be too lazy or too scare... 1 hour ago
Petal posted a comment on The hardest thing in the world...?
What a lovely poignant blog Expat. I have found that without alcohol in the equation my feelings are more 'real' painful it's true but how can we go through lif... 1 hour ago
Nana Treen posted a comment on 500 Days or Surprised by Joy
I am thrilled to read your good news Sheer, brilliant news! I had to look up synaesthesia and I think I would like to have that, but you can't download an app... 2 hours ago
Michelle_132 has commented in the forum discussions March - The Month of Simplicity
Good morning!! It's supposed to be a lovely day here today. I'm so excited for all this nice weather before it rains for a week straight! I think one thread is... 2 hours ago
Carrie_47 has commented in the forum discussions 100 DAY AF CRUSADE
Hi guysSo glad to see Stevio and HK doing so well and of course Nana Treen. I joined this thread a year ago and failed dismally but I've now realised that I rea... 2 hours ago
expatmum posted a comment on 500 Days or Surprised by Joy
Yes yes yes :-)  Brilliant to read.  I too came on the site hoping to be able to 'manage' my drinking.  Thank God we listened to those ahead of us.  Glad you ha... 2 hours ago
sunshine33 has joined Soberistas, say Welcome! 2 hours ago
Neroli posted a comment on Day 200... again!
Thanks everyone who has replied. :-) Im wondering if theres a way to reply to peoples comments? Do you send a private message? Or add another comment like I am... 2 hours ago
Petal posted a comment on Grammy Escoffier
Big congratulations. Wonderful. Grandchildren do make a wonderful addition to our lives. xxxx 2 hours ago
Nana Treen posted a comment on Flat Pack madness
Well done, Petal, that sounds like a plan. Over the years we have done a lot of d.i.y., even living in a maisonette while it was having the roof replaced and a... 2 hours ago
expatmum posted a comment on Grammy Escoffier
Congratulations!  Wonderful news.  Enjoy every minute of it x 2 hours ago
Flamingo123 has posted the blog Day One
Well I am writing this on what is to be day one of being AF. I quit for almost a year and started up again a year ago when I thought having a glass of wine with... 2 hours ago
Mandie posted a comment on Here we go again
Sorry I'm AA so that's all I would advise 2 hours ago
Sheer posted a comment on Grammy Escoffier
Huge congrats - it is such a life transforming event and made even better by being fully present in the moment. I now have two granddaughters for whom I have be... 2 hours ago
expatmum posted a comment on Here we go again
It's fairly common to panic in those early days!  These are excellent podcasts http://www.homepodcast.org/ x 2 hours ago
Ang_50 has commented in the forum discussions 100 DAY AF CRUSADE
Hi everyone!Just catching up on all the news.  Wow, this thread fills up fast!  I love reading all the news and I feel so happy and privileged to be part of you... 2 hours ago
Cynthi has commented in the forum discussions NEW YOUNG AT HEART THREAD, SAME ETHOS.
Hi everyoneEliza, great stuff winning the book. Hope it is a good read.We actually have one good curry house. I don't know how authentic it is but l always fini... 2 hours ago
Flamingo123 posted a comment on 1 Year Today
Congrats to you Belle! I am at the very beginnings of my AF journey. I quit for almost a year and started up again about a year ago. I am tired of wasting my he... 2 hours ago
Nana Treen posted a comment on Grammy Escoffier
Hearty congratulations to you sober Grandma, that is the best status there is. A very healthy weight and I just bet she's the most beautiful baby girl ever bor... 1 minute ago
Mandie posted a comment on Here we go again
So was I before I realised I was going to end up dead if I carried on, I then became open to anything and so glad I did 1 minute ago
Lallybroch posted a comment on Grammy Escoffier
Fantastic news, Escoffier. Enjoy xx 2 minutes ago
Newleaf_2 posted a comment on 500 Days or Surprised by Joy
Sheer - this is lovely to read. I often think of what I experience now as 'quiet joy'. Sometimes, I answer questions about being AF as saying I gave up for a b... 2 minutes ago
Morris-Dancing-Kath posted a comment on 500 Days or Surprised by Joy
What a lovely, encouraging blog and fantastic news about your daughter. Much love xx 4 minutes ago
DharmaGirl5 has joined Soberistas, say Welcome! 5 minutes ago
Mariec has joined Soberistas, say Welcome! 7 minutes ago
Petal posted a comment on Day One
What a goal Flamingo. I have saved quite a bit of money by not buying alcohol and it all goes on treats for me, and why not? Welcome and wishing you all the bes... 7 minutes ago
Morris-Dancing-Kath posted a comment on Grammy Escoffier
Congratulations on your new addition to the family!! What a lovely thought, that child will never see you drink xx 8 minutes ago
Morris-Dancing-Kath posted a comment on Day One
Welcome Flamingo!!!Oh... that single glass of wine... I was writing on someone's blog just earlier that a single glass of wine pushed me back after being AF for... 11 minutes ago



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After two decades of drinking more than I ever set out to, I kicked the booze once and for all in April 2011. In 2012 I set up soberistas.com and now work full time as editor of the site and am a passionate advocate of alcohol-free living. If you would like to get in touch please email me on lucy@soberistas.com - I’d love to hear from you!

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