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Thanks for the supportive words everyone - very kind of you all!

Day 30 done, sleeping incredibly well, gym most days and eating sensibly and 4kg gone in the last month - so a huge lifestyle change all around.

I’ve stopped for similar periods before but this feels different - but that is hugely tempting fate to write those words but it’s how I feel right now! Tomorrow is another day!

Goodnight all.
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That sounds so positive Exiled,it's win ,win,why would you go back \:)/
Hope you Doctors appointment goes well Lesians <:)>
Going to friends tonight ,bit awkward ,with the whole12 o'clock toast and everyone else drinking
But where there is a will there's a way I will get round it
Happy New Year Everyone \:)/
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Day 51. Well it’s here, the final year of 2019. Has it been a good one, yes it’s been ok. Clearly I’ve had ups and downs but then that’s life. I’m hoping 2020 will be ok. A few celebrations in there. 25 years married, 60 at the end of the year (w) amongst a few. I know there are a few tricky times ahead as well but as I am learning to live in the day there is no point worrying what may happen tomorrow.

Regrettably I agreed to go out this evening to a local restaurant for New Years Eve. I’m not a fan of NYE even when I’m drinking so tonight could be a humdinger :D It is what it is and I won’t approach it with a negative mindset.

I’ve a lot to be very grateful for, not least this wonderful website. This site has brought me together with people, who through no fault of there own find themselves floundering under a sea of alcohol with a strong desire to quit. Thank you everyone for your support. I’ve been around for a long time and I’m hoping this time it’s my time to stay sober. Yes 2 Years previously, but relapsed. That just took me right back to the beginning despite my best efforts for it not to.

So I’m wishing you all a great NYE, not merry, just have a good time. I won’t be bungee jumping or getting plastered for that matter but I sincerely hope that I can enjoy the evening without feeling melancholy about the booze and I see it for what it is......an evil, legal drug.

I shared on Facebook my determination to succeed in becoming abstinent. I feel like I’ve “come out”. People have been very supportive, it’s been quite humbling. I know though that a lot of them will be thinking “thank god that’s not me”. It is a tough journey, a very tough journey but at the end of it or should I say hopefully part way through it we will find the peace and happiness we deserve for all our hard work in leaving it behind. That at least is what we should find. That at least is what we should have in our lives. I’ve been a dry drunk before and I don’t want that this time. I want to feel free, happy, contented but most of all at peace with myself 😌😌

I have closed the door behind me now on alcohol, so many people who never knew or realised I had a problem now do. It’s something I had to do to be able to move forward.

No more chances for me, this is the big one.

Don’t look back you’re not going that way............Happy New Year folk, lots of love Debra (Leslans)
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Day 59 & happy to still be AF \:)/
Hey Exiled, you are doing so well & I know what you mean about this time around feels different, it does for me too. I have never done a long AF spell like this one & I am committed to it now.
Good luck Maria & Leslans on your NYE celebrations tonight, you can do it!
Love your words Leslans, you are always so sincere & your posts have helped me a lot..thank you!
Hi JJ, Wilson & Lynn & everyone else hope you all have a fab NYE!! I will be home tonight, probably in bed by 10.30, but I'm sure the fireworks will wake me up at 12.
A big thanks to the BE forum, such an amazing platform for us all. I have felt so supported & lovely to be part of this group.
HAPPY NEW YEAR to us all <:)> (::) \:)/

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The original Les Lans 💕💕. Just thought I’d share. I’ve said this before but it’s funny where we get our names from. My favourite little bit of paradise in the Alps. I’m off there soon,
But before then skiing with my daughter in Courchevel. Bring it on......can’t wait. Still a bit low but doctor given me some meds so hopefully will bounce back soon 😊

May something somewhere help me stay on this sober trail.......perhaps that something is me 😌😌
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Hogmanay walk. Wonderful with friends family and dogs perfect day. Need to get gladrags on now and party spirit. Wish I could get into pjs and watch Witcher instead.
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Here’s to sober 20s everyone
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Happy Hogmanay 😁 lovely piccies as ever 😘

Stay strong guys. As Wilson says “you can do this”
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Have a great evening and a great 2020 everyone.
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Happy new year everyone \:)/ \:)/ \:)/

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Happy new year 2/3 monthers day 93 for me and three months complete thanks my lovely friends and can’t wait to see you all in the 6 month thread soon.
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Happy New Year!
Thank God that's over...had a few big wobbles yesterday, but made it through
Hey JJ big congratulations on your success in this challenge you have done amazing (::)
Not too far behind on day 60 for me
Well done all who made it into 2020 AF

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Happy New Year.

Jj, day 93........not far to go to reach your challenge. You’ve done amazing. Please post on here in a weeks time and tell us your top 10 biggest changes since you quit. You are inspiring so many others, me included and we are most definitely hot on your heels.

Good to see you got past those wobbles Cherry. All part of the process I guess. Wilson you seem so determined, it’s great to see you having your mojo back, especially now you have a little baby to welcome into the world at some point this year.

Lynn you seem to check in later than most of us, are you in foreign parts? I hope you had a great evening whatever you did. 2020 is our year guys.

To Maria.......who still calls me Lesion 😂😂😂😂😂 great to have you around with Exhiled in fact anyone on here this is a good place to be.

I sat next to a raging alcoholic last night at dinner. He was one of life’s privileged individuals, extremely interesting as he socialises with those really at the top of the tree......but a raging alcoholic nevertheless. I suspect a total bounder back in his day, should have asked him about Prince Andrew 🤣🤣. How you may ask did little ole me find herself sitting with him? Well one of my girlfriends met him on a dating website. She can confirm that he doesn’t talk bullshit he really does know Kate & Will. Why I am I telling you this? Because last night he almost begged me to tell him how on earth did I quit drinking. A man with so much wealth and intelligence was a mess. 3 bottles of extremely expensive bottles of red wine and dreadful behaviour later he looked broken.

So it was a stark reminder of how evil alcohol is. Omg he was crude, vile behaviour and overbearing but I felt so sorry for him. He was generous, funny and had such wonderful stories to tell at the beginning of the evening and as I left the party seeing him slipping further and further into the abyss of hell I really wanted to help.

Anyway I am acutely aware I always prattle on more than most so I will disappear for a few hours. Golf this morning and a nap methinks as I have hardly slept a wink. Oh and I’ve got new medication, feel a lot better and have to go and have blood tests next week. All routine I hasten to add.

January 1st 2020.....day 52 and the start of a whole new year. Much love you guys 🥰🥰 oooh and just over a week to skiing \:)/ \:)/ \:)/
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Happy New Year all ,,sorry Leslans (w)
Found last night hard too but hey we're here \:)/
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Happy new year everyone \:)/ and haven’t we all done well getting through the festive season without a blip \:)/ I cant remember the last time I was any where near sober over Xmas and new year ;)

I live in Essex Leslans, I check in when I know for sure that I won’t be drinking that day, I’m not confident about that till quite late in the evening (w) I’m looking forward to a time when alcohol isn’t on my mind constantly, although I am finding it easier going to the supermarket and not being tempted by the wine witch whispering to me

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Well done everyone - tough time of year!

All was going well for me but tonight I’m craving alcohol more than day out of the last 32. I’ll get through it but this appeared from nowhere! Weird but not unexpected I guess - bit of a slap in the face reminder of why I’m here in the first place!
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That's scary Exiled, but you've done the right thing coming on here..Chocolate helps ;)?
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Thanks Maria,

I’m on my 3rd pint.....of aerated, flavoured water! 😇
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Nice one Exiled ;)? Day 33 I believe ()o
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Hi guys day 61 here & sooo happy the festive season is behind us!
Hey Exiled it is scary when those thoughts pop up, but to get past them is a big achievement & another step in the right direction & as Maria says chocolate definitely helps \:)/
Have a good day all

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