Stone, glad you joined us and Jacquie nailed it, especially in the beginning, when she said keep yourself distracted. Find things to fill the time you normally start drinking. Mix up your schedule, work out, go see a movie, anything you can think of to replace that time you "normally" start and spend drinking. Your "alcoholic voice", that voice in your head that tells you to go have a cold one, you know the "you work hard, you deserve it," or whatever yours says to you to manipulate you into giving in. Sometimes for me it's "why fight so hard, you know you should have one," it is sneaky, manipulative, smart, and knows how to push your buttons. Remember that you are in control and your AV has no real power to make you do anything. Come here and post as often as you like and it will help you surf those urges.
Marie, I think a mile is about 1.6 kilometers and I'm glad you're joining me in the fitness challenge. Although I'm a little sore, I'm feeling better, more clear headed every day and I'm sure it's the exercise that's making the difference. I put my own health and fitness on the back burner for so long chasing a career I hated that caused me to drink, but today, I'm working on my freedom from all that baggage that held me back from being happy for so long.
Jacquie joined us over there as well as John and you all inspire me to keep working out and on myself.
Morgan, the only way you fail at this is you don't get up and get back on that bike. You can do it, keep trying, keep fighting!
Beth, great article, thank you. Here's one of my favorite quotes from Patrick:
"Why was I a drunk? Because it was fun. It was a blast. Until it wasn’t. The unbelievable thing was how long I continued to drink and self medicate after it was no longer fun. The unbelievable thing was the denial, that I clung to the false belief that getting drunk was still fun. But it had stopped being fun a long time ago. Your job is to realize this.
Realize that drinking will never be as effective for you as it once was.
Yes, it used to be great. Way back in the early days, drinking was fine, it was fun, it was even useful for you. Beneficial in some ways.
But those days are long gone. Now your drinking is a ball and chain."
James, that video was amazing. Warning, have some Kleenex handy!
Thanks to everyone here. I'm sober today and grateful for being sober yesterday.
"We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort."
-- Jesse Owens, Olympic Athlete