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There is no doubt that drinking robs us of our health and time. I've wasted so many hours/days through alcohol. It robs us of our energy and our mental health.
I feel so much better and hope I have broken the destructive habit of drinking as soon as I get a night on my own.
I went for another cycle this morning. Not quite as successful as yesterday. I lost the cycle path and ended up in road works. Not v scenic. And I was definitely feeling a bit tender - saddle sore - from yesterday! 😆
And I said to my body softly 'I want to be your friend'. It took a long sigh and said 'I've waited my whole life for this'

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Yes cycling can be a pain in the a*** I've loved getting on a bike again but my bum gets so sore! can I ask you a question Amy- Why are you green and topless? I'm guessing you are into yoga or meditation. I've got one run to go on my 12 week plan so been looking for the next step for my running. I was press ganged into signing up for a 23 mile charity walk with my old workmates a while ago which is now taking place at the end of September. I've found a 12 week plan which takes me from 10k to a marathon. The idea being that I'll run the challenge. I'm in my 50s and have spent too much of my life drinking so it'll be more of a shuffle than a run but I'm actually excited by the possibility. There's that word again-possibility.Anyway green one keep up the cycling. <:)>

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Morning peeps.

I discover- with some surprise - that I qualify to post on this thread. I haven't had a drink for ALL of July this year. A completely dry July. Chocolate is my downfall of course, but I've upped my daily steps from around a lazy 2,000 to a perfectly acceptable 10,000. My legs ache, but I feel as though I'm walking off the chocolate.

Jay jay your exercise plan sounds good. I don't think I could do the running thing - too many unsupported jiggly bits (Think sumo wrestler trying to move at speed.) but I am trying to walk. Not really power walking, but any walking is good to start, right?

Amy Jean, now you're back on your bike, you'll have to buy your own.
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Hi everyone. Green Tara. Om tare tutare ture soha. No idea what it means but it sounds good! I'm not a Buddhist but have been to a few retreats. In fact I was booked on a 3 day retreat last weekend led by George Best's former girlfriend. Now a nun. It was cancelled of course.
I will not be buying a bike while I live in a third floor flat. And until I get a bit fitter I have v limited routes. Can't go uphill 😆. Even the slightest inclination means I have to dismount. My neighbour bought an electric bike recently.
I've completed a full week alcohol free thank goodness. Well done folks! Let's keep this up!
And I said to my body softly 'I want to be your friend'. It took a long sigh and said 'I've waited my whole life for this'

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Well done on your 10000 steps Danny. Daily walking has been a lifesaver for me over the last few years. I always feel better after a walk.
Not sure how you can have a bike if you live in the third floor Amy. Is there a lift? Is there somewhere else to store it? You sound like my wife about going up hills on a bike-she hates hills. Sample conversation on bike ride...her 'I thought you said there weren't anymore hills.
Me 'That's not a hill. It's an undulation '
her ' It looks like a f**king hill to me'.

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I used to live in Norfolk, and went on a sixth form geography trip to Scotland. Where there favourite joke was that the biggest hill in Norfolk was a hole in the road.

Not sure about the security of a bike when you're on the third floor.

Just scraped in to eating a sandwich. Still with you here!
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I don't have a bike. I hired it for 24 hours. I live in a tenement flat. No lift. Lots of people have bikes and leave them in the stairwell. My neighbour just bought an electric one. Too much hassle for me. I'm too old for that malarkey. Apart from the hills, I'm too scared of traffic. But I might try another cycle ride on the paths once the sun returns.
I'm v pleased to have completed 3 nights on my own with no booze. Still fell asleep on the sofa last night but very glad it was not alcohol induced😌
And I said to my body softly 'I want to be your friend'. It took a long sigh and said 'I've waited my whole life for this'

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My uncle was a fantastic club runner. It was the most important thing in his life excepting family. 10 years ago he had some major health issues - heart bypass and cancer -and came out the other side. But he didn't go back to running because he couldn't compete anymore and couldn't face plodding around with the also-rans. He felt he was too old for that malarkey. He has put on a lot of weight and looks a bit lost and when I see him I always think what a shame that he didn't just go back and run for the joy of it.

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Jay jay that's really sad. I wish I could run. Knees just won't hack it. This afternoon I was returning to a car park after a 5 K hike up (and down) a mountain. As I passed her, this strange lady (she wasn't strange - simply unknown to me. So, she might be strange of course....) said "my word, well done. I wonder you're not more slim." Really not sure what my reply should have been....
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I think you gave her what her comments deserved- no reply. Keep walking ;)?

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We did laugh. I expect she realised afterwards, that although she meant to be admiring and complimentary - it was really rather rude!

Off for another long hike today (anything over 1 mile is a long hike for me). We're walking with a 3 year old, and an under 2. They can cope (they get carried!). I just struggle. But it is getting easier I think. I'm not panting and puffing so much.

Only 5 days in. Feels like forever since I've had a drink, but it's not been that long. One day at a time.
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Maybe a bmx for the downhill parts?
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Hahaha. Definitely me!!
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Been for my first lunch out in months. Met up with a few male family members for a walk in the Lakes then had lunch in a nice place (with people and everything!). A bit of real life again. And none of us had alcohol. Only downside is that I did that instead of the four hours of paperwork that I should have sent to a colleague today so I guess that's my evening sorted. (w)

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Hi Guys

I have been sober for a long time ( I say a long time it’s been nearly a year with a wobble). That’s ages for me. Right now I feel not myself I’m lacking energy. I’m
Eating well trying to get healthy energy but it is not working. The more I lack energy, the more depressed I am coming. I miss that energy you feel after doing your first 2 weeks sober as such and I’m worried that I may let that fantasy become a reality. I am probably idealising the memories of those previous experiences but right now I am at the stage where I will do anything to gain more energy and feel happy again.

Cheers for reading 😢
Remembering the old tactics to avoid drink and having an early night but I hate this feeling.

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The more I lack energy, the more depressed I am coming.
Hey there. Congratulations on the year! Hang in there. We think of recovery from alcohol as happening quickly, but I've learnt that neurological repair is still going on in a major way up to about two years, and continues after that not being as fully complete as it's going to be until around 5 years. This process can sap your energy, but think of it as part of healing, and have faith that it will pass. I found magnesium supplements really helpful, so suggest giving them a go. Finally, read up about PAWS, which can affect us at any time after stopping drinking. I had two nasty bouts of it at around the one year mark, and understanding what it was, and the support I got on here, were the things that got me through.
The best time to plant a tree was 30 years ago. The second best time is today.

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Day 96.
Hang on in there nowornever. You know that sometimes life is hard for no good reason. Alcohol will not give you energy or make you happy and you do not want to go back to day 1 after all that work. <:)>

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Thankyou guys managed to some magnesium so hope that helps. Also putting a bit of structure to my days off an push through the fatigue a bit then there less time to dwell.

If only we knew what damage we would do hey!

I’m not going down that road again!!!

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100 days AF for me today. I will celebrate with a diet coke and look forward to the next 100. ;)?

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