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by koalaBear
07 Mar 2013 18:35
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The Nine Month Challenge
Replies: 8125
Views: 283183

Re: The Nine Month Challenge

Koala lets put our past behind us and move on into a happier future!! We deserve it!!!! Ps i'm from Yorkshire originally too. Scarborough, do you know it? I’m up for that Dizzi ;)? Lets be grateful we came to our senses eh. I wouldn’t say I ‘know’ Scarborough but I have been a couple of tim...
by koalaBear
04 Mar 2013 17:50
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The Nine Month Challenge
Replies: 8125
Views: 283183

Re: The Nine Month Challenge

I am really grateful to you for being honest about your caution, I don't think we should be ashamed when we were not ourselves but acting because of the influence of alcohol Thanks Dizzi <:)> that means a lot. I know exactly where you are coming from with the shame, sometimes it’s unbearable but ...
by koalaBear
02 Mar 2013 11:18
Forum: General Recovery
Topic: The Road to Abstinence.
Replies: 11251
Views: 671100

Re: The Road to Abstinence.

Hiya Hiding. Yeah I’ve been diagnosed with OCD proper now. The checking/doubting was getting out of hand and just felt like my mind was a stuck record with the constant ruminating. I’m on SSRI’s which are helping a lot, although I’m still plagued by a generally feeling I’ve forgotten to do...
by koalaBear
02 Mar 2013 09:46
Forum: General Recovery
Topic: And Now For Something Completely Different...
Replies: 945
Views: 41542

Re: And Now For Something Completely Different...

I know that I was drinking so much in the day time that I would alternate what shops I went to because I started getting paranoid that everyone knew!! Me too! I remember being in the que at Morison's checkout once with a bottle of vodka and a rustlers microwavable burgers in my basket. Turned aroun...
by koalaBear
02 Mar 2013 09:41
Forum: General Recovery
Topic: The Road to Abstinence.
Replies: 11251
Views: 671100

Re: The Road to Abstinence.

I'm having a problem staying off the drink at the moment as I am not accepting, for whatever reason, that I am an alcoholic Mmm, I wonder if the year + of sobriety has made you doubt whether you really are an alcoholic? I’ve found not drinking pretty easy recently and I’m beginning to question ...
by koalaBear
02 Mar 2013 09:34
Forum: Relapsing
Topic: Are you drinking now ?
Replies: 3077
Views: 203249

Re: Are you drinking now ?

Mountainhare wrote:I'm going to start the 7 day challenge again and I am also going to attend an AA meeting tomorrow
;)? Well done MH - your one very tenacious bloke and I have huge respect for you. Cant' really add anything to the wonderful advice posted above, but thinking of you and sending <:)>
by koalaBear
01 Mar 2013 19:02
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The Nine Month Challenge
Replies: 8125
Views: 283183

Re: The Nine Month Challenge

I love those hot lips too! Ha ha, have to be careful how you say that! Such beautiful, hardy plants Cool another hot lips fan! I got my first plant at Harrogate Flower Show a few years back and been propagating ever since. I think everyone I know has been given a baby hot lips! And yes the name is ...
by koalaBear
27 Feb 2013 18:53
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The Nine Month Challenge
Replies: 8125
Views: 283183

Re: The Nine Month Challenge

Givingitago wrote:For anyone I have not bored into drinking over the public speaking saga, I am pleased to announce it's over.

The end. Never again. Done.

:-)
Brilliant, well done Jen \:)/ \:)/ \:)/ \:)/ \:)/ \:)/
by koalaBear
27 Feb 2013 14:51
Forum: General Recovery
Topic: SOS - Post here if you need help (No General Chat Please)
Replies: 11641
Views: 663246

Re: SOS - Post here if you need help (No General Chat Please

Hi Carol. Your not all a fool, we’ve all been there.

It’s admirable that your dusting yourself off for another day 1 ;)?

You really should try and eat something though, just a bit of toast perhaps?

<:)>
by koalaBear
27 Feb 2013 13:19
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The Nine Month Challenge
Replies: 8125
Views: 283183

Re: The Nine Month Challenge

Hey everyone <:)> Day - congratulations on 6 months ;)? Huge well done. Jen, thanks for the pinterest recommendation. I’d not heard of it, but it’s great. Loads of fab crafty ideas on there. I agree that velvets sofas and pets probably don’t mix. I need to test out some cat repellent spray on ...
by koalaBear
24 Feb 2013 09:44
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The Nine Month Challenge
Replies: 8125
Views: 283183

Re: The Nine Month Challenge

Hi everyone, Just thought i'd quickly check in as not posted for a while. Still here, still sober. Sat in a pub all of fri night without even the slightest inkling for a drink. Safe to say a corner has definitely been turned :D Proud, your square cat is super cute! I have Maine Coons and they get in...
by koalaBear
05 Feb 2013 09:45
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The Nine Month Challenge
Replies: 8125
Views: 283183

Re: The Nine Month Challenge

Rachel, sorry the anxiety is back. As you say, its probably PAWS in which case it will start to ebb off soon. My worrying is still ongoing but as you say it’s nowhere near as bad as alcohol induced anxiety. My Day 1 was horrific - dripping in sweat, shaking, racing thoughts, paranoid. Thank god th...
by koalaBear
02 Feb 2013 13:44
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The Nine Month Challenge
Replies: 8125
Views: 283183

Re: The Nine Month Challenge

Proud <:)> I’m so pleased your ok – gallbladder aside! I don’t think your overreacting about your Dad at all, it does sound too much to be drinking especially with a heart condition. It’s great you brought it up, hopefully it will give him something to think about and he will know you care. ...
by koalaBear
31 Jan 2013 19:37
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The Nine Month Challenge
Replies: 8125
Views: 283183

Re: The Nine Month Challenge

Ha the parking ticket story is hilarious :lol: Jen, I’d say my anxiety is generalised with panic triggers. Anyway I think the AD’s are finally kicking in, managed a stressful situation today without feeling like I was about to have a breakdown :D Last time I did a preso I inhaled a glass of wine...
by koalaBear
29 Jan 2013 17:42
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The Nine Month Challenge
Replies: 8125
Views: 283183

Re: The Nine Month Challenge

Evening! Where is everyone?! Jen, the Black Dog book sounds like it's worth a read. The reviews on Amazon are excellent. I see it's more the authors experience of depression rather than a self help manual which would make a nice change. I'm currently on with 'Flourishing ' by Maureen Gaffney. Have y...
by koalaBear
26 Jan 2013 10:13
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The Nine Month Challenge
Replies: 8125
Views: 283183

Re: The Nine Month Challenge

I've recently stopped saying "I'm not drinking at the moment" & started saying "I don't drink". It feels right Nice one Proudmum ;)? and welcome to the thread! Sorry to hear about your tummy trouble, liver results etc. Try not to worry. Our liver’s can be pretty sensitive so if your on meds it co...
by koalaBear
23 Jan 2013 19:51
Forum: Relapsing
Topic: Do we really have to tell other people?!
Replies: 125
Views: 21982

Re: Do we really have to tell other people?!

Zelda that's hilarious!

George, i'm imagining you as Christopher Lee in The Wicker Man :lol:
by koalaBear
23 Jan 2013 18:44
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The Nine Month Challenge
Replies: 8125
Views: 283183

Re: The Nine Month Challenge

I’m at the Dr’s week today. He said that I should feel a bit calmer after a week or two. I’m only on 20mg so I wonder if he will up the dose. To be fair I do feel less angry. I normally become irate standing in queues or having to deal with people parping around etc but that has lessened recen...
by koalaBear
22 Jan 2013 17:53
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The Nine Month Challenge
Replies: 8125
Views: 283183

Re: The Nine Month Challenge

6 months!!!! Congratulations Rachel ;)? I’m proper chuffed for you. Mr. Koala rarely drinks now either. It’s funny because he was kinda forced into it in the early days to support me, but now he’s been converted. Says he feels loads better and doesn’t want to go back to regular boozing again...
by koalaBear
20 Jan 2013 11:55
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The Nine Month Challenge
Replies: 8125
Views: 283183

Re: The Nine Month Challenge

Morning people, I don’t know if I’ve faced the wall yet, feels more like I’ve been hurdling lots of small walls since I quit. Off to the pictures later, think will either see The Impossible as recommended by Pilurini or Django Unchained. I know everyone is raving about Les Miserables but I rea...