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4/23/11 9:11 P

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Wispy...I too lost everyone after getting sober. I was so blessed to find a whole new life in sobriety. New friends, new husband, new job. All much better than the old ones. A friend of mine says that when he was drinking every aspect of his life was drunk, not just him. His wallet was drunk, his apartment was drunk, his fridge was drunk, etc. It is a give to have all the rest of your life get sober, not just the physical self.

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4/23/11 5:43 P

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And the very same to you my love. Yes I know what you mean. Sometimes I can hardly believe I am one of the ones who have made it into my seventies - that sure was not on the cards if I had kept on drinking.

I am on an eating programme for health reasons. As it turned out it suits me very well indeed. It is mainly unprocessed food of any kind, fresh protein, veges and a little fruit.
I dont do Atkins, but some of their low carb recipes suit me right down to the ground. I just cant handle refined stuff at all.

I lost 35 lb in my first year in Spark, and now find I can maintain without having to count cals or weigh and measure. This is great news for me. In order to lose I need to do that though. Just happy coasting along at present. Health numbers are all Ok and that pleases me.

Hugs Wispy.

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4/23/11 5:18 P

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Hello, Wispy, I was very moved by your email and thought I would just drop you a note and wish you Happy Easter. I, too, am 70 and enjoying it, believe it or not, although I have a lot of aches and pains. But I also have a lot of friends who are no longer with us, so I'm trying to have an "Attitude of Gratitude" this Easter. It's lovely to be sober and the only way one can lose weight, too, for that matter. I go to Weight Watchers and enjoy it.

Happy Easter, once again.

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4/23/11 4:57 P

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Hi there Chris and welcome to the Team. In AA it talks about the sugar cravings and even suggests we have something sweet to help cope with the early days.

I did do that for a while, but then discovered I am also a sugar and carb addict. Many of us have more than one addiction.

One day at a time is what works for me and not picking up one drink of booze is my No 1 priority.

Sobriety first, last and always, just for today. Nothing is made better by taking one drink - one drink is never enough if we are alcoholic. They hammered this into my head and heart at the group I first joined.

I got it firmly and clearly into my befuddled head that no matter what happened in a day I was not going to pick up that first drink. Just as well in my case because I lost everything over my first seven years of sobriety. All the things other people lose with drinking, I lost in sobriety.

So very grateful to the wonderful people in AA who told me to get sober for myself - that way no matter who or what I lost I would not need to drink.

This has come back to me many times over the years and I am so grateful now.

I lost my husband
I lost my family
I lost my home
I lost my business
I lost my transport
I lost my health
I lost my second husband after twenty years of sobriety
I am now in my seventies and disabled so seldom get out

Through going to meetings and working the 12 steps of AA I have not needed to pick up a drink or drug (except sugar) emoticon which was the last addiction to go - well that is to date.

I have to tell you now after 40 years of sobreity I have never been happier or more contented in all my life. I thought the AA promises were never going to come true for me, but strange to say as a result of all the material things I lost - I found gratitude and peace of mind.

Sobreity and AA started me on a new way of life and I would not change a single thing.

Easter reminds me of death and resurrection. Phoenix rising from the ashes.

This is for all of us who are addicts.

Hugs Wispy



Edited by: -WISPY- at: 4/23/2011 (17:00)
"Give thanks for everything until you are absolutely sure it is not a blessing in disguise." Eastern Proverb.
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"Be the change you wish to see in the world.." Mahatma Gandhi.
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"Quitters never win and winners never quit." Anon
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Make the decision to enjoy today. Do what you need to do for tomorrow - but live fully in TODAY.
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4/23/11 12:09 P

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THANKS everyone. Glad I'm here!

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4/22/11 7:16 P

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Welcome Chris..100 days..WOO-HOO!

I think we all had experiences with sugar and sobriety. My home group had bowls of candy everywhere in their meetings..21 years later..they still do! For me the food is most difficult..afterall you can't abstain from food..you have to learn to control it!!

Here's to another 24...HUGS Carol

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4/22/11 6:56 P

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When I first got sober, I had chocolate covered almonds stashed all over the house. Just like I had had booze before. My rationale for that particular choice of chocolatey goodness was that almonds are really good for you. Welcome to the wonderful world of sobriety.

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4/22/11 6:17 P

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Many of us hit the sugar hard and crave it seriously in early recovery. There's a lot of sugar in booze and it's a big part of the addiction problem. Just think about how many people binge on Tim Hortons donuts or, in my case, my sugar of choice was ice cream. We have to watch this carefully because it can lead to relapse, incredible sugar hangovers and even depression. Just a word of caution.

Congratulations on your success. Keep on keeping on!

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4/22/11 5:56 P

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emoticon emoticon congrats on your 100 days,

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4/22/11 3:49 P

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congrats on your 100 days, sometimes chocolate is your friend!

Smile, and the world smiles with you !


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4/22/11 2:45 P

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emoticon Chris, WELCOME to our team! I am glad you have joined us! emoticon

emoticon On 100-days of continuous Sobriety! I am so PROUD of you! emoticon

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4/22/11 1:45 P

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Welcome and CONGRATS!!!

Kama is ready to take it all the way!


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4/22/11 1:35 P

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Hi. Today is day 100 of my recovery as an alcoholic! All was going great until I started a rather high stress job 6 weeks ago and started eating tons of chocolate as a substitute for wine. So its day 3 here (although I had a pretty good streak going a few months back... darned relapses.)
Thanks for the warm welcome.
Chris

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