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by Level Again
13 Sep 2013 10:10
Forum: Physical and Mental Health
Topic: Meditation
Replies: 317
Views: 31076

Re: meditation

Hey DD, I'm by no means an authority on it but from my point of view, the definition of Mindfulness (if there is one) is very broad so yes. It's taught me to focus on the present. Constant thinking about the "painful past" and the "fearful future" causes me anxiety which leads to bad decision-making...
by Level Again
13 Sep 2013 08:46
Forum: Physical and Mental Health
Topic: Meditation
Replies: 317
Views: 31076

Re: meditation

Hey Mountainhare, Your post really pleased me. I've started Williams and Penman's eight-week Mindfulness programme and meditated in my car, parked in a quietish spot, before work this morning. I think Mindfulness could really help me as it's about how I live my life, not my drinking (that's the symp...
by Level Again
03 Jul 2013 10:44
Forum: General Recovery
Topic: Re: Cutting Down
Replies: 3083
Views: 231741

Re: Cutting Down

Cheers, LMC.

Diane, I've sent you a private message but I'm not sure if it worked (it's not showing in 'sent').
by Level Again
03 Jul 2013 10:04
Forum: General Recovery
Topic: Re: Cutting Down
Replies: 3083
Views: 231741

Re: Cutting Down

Still working 50+ hours a day. The highlight of each day is that glass of wine after it. The challenge of each day is keeping it to 2 glasses a night. Not succeeding at moment. Still can't see it changing until work calms down. Can't offer many words of encouragement at the moment but I'll keep on a...
by Level Again
03 Jul 2013 09:48
Forum: General Recovery
Topic: Re: Cutting Down
Replies: 3083
Views: 231741

Re: Cutting Down

Hi LMC!
by Level Again
03 Jul 2013 07:49
Forum: General Recovery
Topic: Re: Cutting Down
Replies: 3083
Views: 231741

Re: Cutting Down

Hey Diane, I imagine I'll still be here when you return! We all just beed to keep on at it.
by Level Again
18 Jun 2013 08:20
Forum: General Recovery
Topic: Re: Cutting Down
Replies: 3083
Views: 231741

Re: Cutting Down

Hey Laura,

Best of luck with it!
by Level Again
05 Jun 2013 13:17
Forum: General Recovery
Topic: Re: Cutting Down
Replies: 3083
Views: 231741

Re: Cutting Down

Hi Soberfun, Well done. Was that your turning point? Mine was my wife catching me sneaky drinking. Not long after, at about 7am, I stood behind a stinking alcy buying booze in a supermarket and told myself what I could be if I don't sort this out. But then I don't drink spirits out of bottles or che...
by Level Again
05 Jun 2013 07:43
Forum: General Recovery
Topic: Re: Cutting Down
Replies: 3083
Views: 231741

Re: Cutting Down

Hey Diane,

Same as you, I think.

Some good aspects (drinking coke at my rugby club); some aspects less good (generally drinking over safe levels).

I can't see my cutting down more until I'm working fewer hours.
by Level Again
01 Jun 2013 09:02
Forum: General Recovery
Topic: Re: Cutting Down
Replies: 3083
Views: 231741

Re: Cutting Down

Hey Diane, That's sound advice. I don't mind the taste of water so I can drink plenty of it. Unfortunately, I'm generally as uninterested in the taste of liquid as I am in the taste of food. I have a few exceptions - a bacon butty, a pint of real ale and a glass (or 2 or 3) of wine - and therein lie...
by Level Again
30 May 2013 19:59
Forum: General Recovery
Topic: Re: Cutting Down
Replies: 3083
Views: 231741

Re: Cutting Down

Hey Diane and Laura, I'm so glad the wedding went well - as you said, you CAN do it! I'm currently leaving home at 7am and getting back from work past 7pm. I then have 2 or 3 glasses of wine, eat, bathe, sleep and do it all again. Not particularly good. Been better, been worse. But ALWAYS trying to ...
by Level Again
24 May 2013 20:01
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
Replies: 82197
Views: 3501809

Re: The First 7 Days

Thinking of you, Laura, knowing how hard it is when things pile on top of you.
by Level Again
23 May 2013 08:11
Forum: General Recovery
Topic: Re: Cutting Down
Replies: 3083
Views: 231741

Re: Cutting Down

Hey Diane,

I hope all goes well at the wedding for you.
by Level Again
20 May 2013 08:31
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
Replies: 82197
Views: 3501809

Re: The First 7 Days

Hey Laura,

Hope your day goes ok.
by Level Again
13 May 2013 18:59
Forum: General Recovery
Topic: Re: Cutting Down
Replies: 3083
Views: 231741

Re: Cutting Down

I didn't mean to press 'submit' then. ...any more than...forgotten the metaphor I was thinking off as well! But that pint in that place at that time was memorable, like a good walk, a good meal or.... a good glass or 2 of wine in the right place at the right time. I kept busy afterwards and the feel...
by Level Again
13 May 2013 18:41
Forum: General Recovery
Topic: Re: Cutting Down
Replies: 3083
Views: 231741

Re: Cutting Down

Hey Diane, What is it about the wedding that's bothering you? Is it that you're using it as a goal? I'm doing OK rather than well, if we compare it with 'normal' people rather than people like me. Have you heard from Laura? A week ago, I made an important discovery - I can't abstain so I have to kee...
by Level Again
13 May 2013 08:47
Forum: General Recovery
Topic: Re: Cutting Down
Replies: 3083
Views: 231741

Re: Cutting Down

Hey Diane,

Don't beat yourself up.

I was good on my week away off work but let myself down last night - the thought of going back to the slog after a lovely week.

I'm OK when things are going well but need to work on the times when they're not.
by Level Again
03 May 2013 07:40
Forum: General Recovery
Topic: Re: Cutting Down
Replies: 3083
Views: 231741

Re: Cutting Down

Hey Diane,

You're doing really well too.

Thanks for your support.

Have you heard from Laura recently?

This may well be my last post for ten or so days but I'll be back!
by Level Again
01 May 2013 08:53
Forum: General Recovery
Topic: Re: Cutting Down
Replies: 3083
Views: 231741

Re: Cutting Down

Hey Diane, Good idea. We're away from Saturday to Tuesday, staying with family at the weekend and then 2 nights in a B and B on Monday and Tuesday - only so much family you can take ;) - so I'll be drinking every night (with family and out for meals together) but not much - just with our meals. I ac...
by Level Again
29 Apr 2013 21:13
Forum: General Recovery
Topic: Re: Cutting Down
Replies: 3083
Views: 231741

Re: Cutting Down

Hey Diane, Yes, my fracture is still painful and no more rugby for me. Well done on your weekend - both the moderation and walking. I've been sticking to 2 glasses of either red or white wine an evening (I count 5 glasses in a bottle) but I need a couple of AFDs a week to keep my weekly intake below...