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by Arcturus
30 Nov 2016 14:18
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
Replies: 82541
Views: 3635867

Re: The First 7 Days

Day three here at last and thank you for your supportive words here you know who you are <:)> arc what can I say but that I relate ? Plus that's got to have been one of the longest posts ive seen ! Amazing what the need to express does ,great I must say <:)> Thanks, Jamesey and Bethan! Yeah, now th...
by Arcturus
29 Nov 2016 15:33
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
Replies: 82541
Views: 3635867

Re: The First 7 Days

Hello, friends and fellow passengers on this bumpy ride out of Alcohol Hell. Today, I've made it to SEVEN DAYS - coming here has really helped me - I've been quiet but it's my nature to get the quietest and to hide when I feel the worst (kinda like a cat). Seven days is pitiful compared to the ~160 ...
by Arcturus
24 Nov 2016 18:13
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
Replies: 82541
Views: 3635867

Re: The First 7 Days

Good to see you Arc. Just shows doesn't it, one slip and it can all go so horribly wrong. Oh yes, Leslans, so horribly wrong! That's a lots of AF days, just carry on from where you left off <:)> That's so nice of you to say that, Les, but the chasm I plummeted into between my last long sobriety and...
by Arcturus
24 Nov 2016 15:20
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
Replies: 82541
Views: 3635867

Re: The First 7 Days

Hello, fellow counters of AF free days in single digits...for very many of us...AGAIN! I never, ever thought I'd be back here again, but after one day shy of 160 days AF, a "series of unfortunate events" (thank you Lemony Snickets) bombarded me, setting me off repeatedly seeking "relief" - and I cra...
by Arcturus
22 Nov 2016 10:14
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: Re: The Two and Three Month Challenge
Replies: 20822
Views: 836477

Re: The Two and Three Month Challenge

Hi Everyone :\: Its my birthday today :D Very happy birthday, dear Caz! May this be the best year for you yet!!! <:)> So many times in the past I've been strongly encouraged to write my autobiography (oh, there's so much more): "It would be something like another Prince of Tides , maybe a best sell...
by Arcturus
21 Nov 2016 22:35
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: Re: The Two and Three Month Challenge
Replies: 20822
Views: 836477

Re: The Two and Three Month Challenge

Caz, thank you for the hug! <:)> I really did not want to - did not expect to - get as confessional as I did here. Such was my old, miserably failed way of trying to deal with my drinking problem that I do not ever want to return to. So much more succinctly than I, you have described the way I must ...
by Arcturus
21 Nov 2016 02:21
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: Re: The Two and Three Month Challenge
Replies: 20822
Views: 836477

Re: The Two Month Challenge

Arc - you shouldn't have edited your earlier post - I found it most helpful. I almost got my diary back out from the bookshelf... :lol: I'm glad you didn't find that post too pretentious and "instructive" even though I did. Nevertheless, the essence of my non-drink-inducing journaling about the tri...
by Arcturus
20 Nov 2016 15:46
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: Re: The Two and Three Month Challenge
Replies: 20822
Views: 836477

Re: The Two Month Challenge

Eventually I preferred to drink on my own. That way I had it all to myself and didn't have to wait before I was topped up. I loved my drinking parties for one. I'm sure if someone had recorded any and played them back to me, I'd be horrified. But rose-tinted glasses and all that. Do I ever identify...
by Arcturus
20 Nov 2016 03:30
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: Re: The Two and Three Month Challenge
Replies: 20822
Views: 836477

Re: The Two Month Challenge

Hi, everyone. I don't have time to do roll call right now as I'd like to, but I really want to say a few things - please don't anyone feel slighted if I don't mention your post - all your posts are so good and valuable for us at this time - this is one of those amazing times when a whole thread beco...
by Arcturus
19 Nov 2016 13:06
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: Re: The Two and Three Month Challenge
Replies: 20822
Views: 836477

Re: The Two Month Challenge

How long had you stopped drinking for before taking the suppliment? I had been alcohol-free for about six months and craving-free for about the last four. If I had never touched l-carnitine, I might still be AF, as I had no cravings before taking carnitine. I had mentioned to Winkler on another thr...
by Arcturus
19 Nov 2016 05:54
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: Re: The Two and Three Month Challenge
Replies: 20822
Views: 836477

Re: The Two Month Challenge

Warm hugs to Hedgehog, BOAP, Winkler, Caz - I'm so glad that maybe I helped give some perspective. I love this place! You're truly my family. No matter how many other forums I've posted to, I always come back here for warmth and understanding. This is where I belong. Right now, I have little rights ...
by Arcturus
15 Nov 2016 23:19
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: Re: The Two and Three Month Challenge
Replies: 20822
Views: 836477

Re: The Two Month Challenge

Another week & a day & I will have been alcohol free for the longest time since I think I was 15 - quite some time ago! I think I am finding that a bit daunting. Also saw counsellor this morning, which seems to heighten drinking thoughts for a time (though lessen them overall). Hedgehog and BOAP, y...
by Arcturus
14 Nov 2016 23:46
Forum: Physical and Mental Health
Topic: Darcy's Fitness and Weight Management Club
Replies: 22165
Views: 723596

Re: Darcy's Fitness and Weight Management Club

Just came online here to warn whoever might need this. Some of us alcoholics may need to be wary of l-carnitine supplement! Until the beginning of this month, I was doing so very, very well - over 160 days of 100% sobriety!!! I thought my drinking days were OVER! I had lost 30 ugly pounds (2+ stone,...
by Arcturus
23 Jun 2016 00:20
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: Re: The Two and Three Month Challenge
Replies: 20822
Views: 836477

Re: The Two Month Challenge

Good evening. I hope everyone is doing well. I'm on day 55 now. I've been feeling very tired for days now and can't seem to shake it off. I think it's more psychological though, and not physical. Having managed to get AF, I'm now wondering what to do with the rest of my life ... it's exciting and s...
by Arcturus
20 Jun 2016 22:04
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: Re: The Two and Three Month Challenge
Replies: 20822
Views: 836477

Re: The Two Month Challenge

I must go tsk. tsk, tsk, at the one meal a day thingey!!!! I accept this sound "tsking"! (I did write "bad, I know", so I was fully prepared to be "tsked" :lol:). Better to eat, say 4 to 6 small meals a day, and your stomach will send you a thank you note! See, you are leaving your stomach empty fo...
by Arcturus
19 Jun 2016 22:11
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: Re: The Two and Three Month Challenge
Replies: 20822
Views: 836477

Re: The Two Month Challenge

I have had stomach problems a lot because of worry and anxiety. My NP won't prescribe anti anxiety meds anymore because I am such an addict! So, I have to take a "proton pump inhibitor." It is a pill that causes the stomach to make less acid and therefore helps prevent stomach erosions or ulcers. T...
by Arcturus
19 Jun 2016 01:18
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: Re: The Two and Three Month Challenge
Replies: 20822
Views: 836477

Re: The Two Month Challenge

Hello Arc, Well done on 46 days sober!! :\: I wont repeat things i have already said but please look back on my recent posts. I too am struggling, in many ways. I think also it is PAWS. I have had a very tough time of it of late. Sausagechops posted a reply on the 100 day thread that is incredibly ...
by Arcturus
18 Jun 2016 22:56
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: Re: The Two and Three Month Challenge
Replies: 20822
Views: 836477

Re: The Two Month Challenge

I certainly agree that Anxiety (and its more terrible sibling, Panic), are primary triggers to drink - so many of us started drinking just to stop the acute pain of anxiety - I know I did. So many times, anxiety is a factor that is so hard for us to control - it may be genetic, traumatic upbringing,...
by Arcturus
30 Nov 2015 23:14
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
Replies: 82541
Views: 3635867

Re: The First 7 Days

Arc Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. My baby and husband are more important than I. I am seriously lucky to have them. They deserve so much more. I want to deliver .... x And see what a wonderfully loving mother and wife you are!! Your baby and your husband are lucky to have YOU!! Your baby, your h...
by Arcturus
30 Nov 2015 21:41
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
Replies: 82541
Views: 3635867

Re: The First 7 Days

Almost through Day 5. Last night was very rough and very scary, but the panic and hypertension are under control now - slept most of the day today. I guess I'm past the worst of acute withdrawal. I'm thankful for that bad scare because it has frightened me enough to never drink again (I HOPE!!!). Th...