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  • #16
    Count me in as well! Although I have been Primal (mostly) since Jan, the booze needs to go I want to be 110% primal, so as of tomorrow I've decided to do my own 30 day challenge. No drinks, no shots, no smokes for 30 days! Will be following your thread, hopefully to encourage you as well as motivate myself
    "As if you could kill time without injuring eternity"

    Primal Journal *WinkBlu*

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    • #17
      Maurabela - I am an artist, but not in the sense that I make a dime doing it!

      WinkBlu - Hi! Good luck on your 30 day challenge, keep me updated!

      Ok, accountability time...

      Workout: LOTS of moving slowly. Started moving at 11 am and did not stop until 2 am.

      B - 2 scrambled eggs, 2 almond pancakes with banana-blueberry compote, black coffee.
      L - none
      D - Salad with steak, bacon, and blue cheese.
      S - Couple spoonfuls of greek yogurt when I got home at 2 a.m.

      Booze - Ok, so I did not stick to the one drink, but I did so good I am still really proud of myself, even though I did not meet my exact goal. I had one beer at the art festival, one beer at the concert, and then ended up backstage hanging out with the crew for a big name show (my brother n-law is a roadie) when they started an impromptu bluegrass jam session by the artists' buses that lasted 3 hours. I ended up having 1 1/2 drinks during that 3 hour period after the concert. This was despite having booze literally shoved in my face every 10 minutes. That kind of social situation is like my kryptonite, so I really have to pat myself on the back for holding back. I just have to add that the tour is sponsored by a huge American beer company, so we ended up with several cases of beer to bring home, yay. <--insert sarcasm there. So anyway, the drink count for my 14 hour day was 3 1/2 drinks. It is not the one beer I had planned on, but it is certainly not the 10-15 drinks that it normally would have been under those circumstances, so yay me
      For lots of tasty recipes, check out my blog -http://lifeasadreger.wordpress.com/

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      • #18
        You're showing great willpower!

        Yay you!!!
        Newcomers: If you haven't read the book, at least read this thread ... and all the links!
        http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread17722.html

        F/49/5'4"
        Jan. 1, 2011: 186.6 lbs PBSW Mar. 1, 2011: 175.8 lbs
        CW: 146.8 lbs
        GW 140 lbs
        A proud member of PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals

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        • #19
          Hey Supersellen,

          The fact that you are writing about this and keeping it at the forefront of your life is a big plus.... nothing I am sure you don't already know.

          One thing you may not be consciously aware of though is how much habit plays into ..well changing your habit... I know sounds stupid. But get this, part of the reason that makes AA so successful is that you end up changing habits without ever fully realizing how you are infact, changing habits. This is done through ritual, in the case of AA it is about release to some higher power accomplished through 12 steps. But a key to changing any habit is to "act repeatedly as if from habit"(the ritual) and wait until the habit-to-be becomes a fixed behavior, which is found long after it actually happens. Sounds funny huh! A paradoxical way of thinking, but that is what it takes.... I guess it would be like acting as if it has always been, the way you want it to be. Acting from a past that you want your furture to be, not the past that you are currently dealing with day to day.

          Sorry, I know that probably seems really crazy, and not somethig you want to even try to deal with, but having been down the road it is the way I try to help. :-) I am a deep thinker, which was always part of my ritual for survival.

          Keep going... never give up! You can ALWAYS set the beer down.

          Namaste!
          Dave
          Living the dream, inside a myth

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Littlesigh View Post
            Hey Supersellen,

            The fact that you are writing about this and keeping it at the forefront of your life is a big plus.... nothing I am sure you don't already know.

            One thing you may not be consciously aware of though is how much habit plays into ..well changing your habit... I know sounds stupid. But get this, part of the reason that makes AA so successful is that you end up changing habits without ever fully realizing how you are infact, changing habits. This is done through ritual, in the case of AA it is about release to some higher power accomplished through 12 steps. But a key to changing any habit is to "act repeatedly as if from habit"(the ritual) and wait until the habit-to-be becomes a fixed behavior, which is found long after it actually happens. Sounds funny huh! A paradoxical way of thinking, but that is what it takes.... I guess it would be like acting as if it has always been, the way you want it to be. Acting from a past that you want your furture to be, not the past that you are currently dealing with day to day.

            Sorry, I know that probably seems really crazy, and not somethig you want to even try to deal with, but having been down the road it is the way I try to help. :-) I am a deep thinker, which was always part of my ritual for survival.

            Keep going... never give up! You can ALWAYS set the beer down.

            Namaste!
            Dave
            This is not crazy at all, retracing the same habits over and over certainly sets anyone up for failure. But like developing any other habit, creating a new one to replace the existing will take some time. I am currently trying to discover which habits have me where I am. My first very important discovery is that if I avoid drinking for the first 2 hour window that I normally start (5 pm - 7pm), I am good to go for the rest of the evening. So filling those 2 hours with a new habit has become a big focus. Powering through them with willpower is just not going to hold up.

            I really appreciate your words and advice.
            For lots of tasty recipes, check out my blog -http://lifeasadreger.wordpress.com/

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            • #21
              Sunday was not too exciting...

              Workout: a pretty relaxing day other than getting some tomatoes in the ground.

              B - 2 eggs scrambled w/ zucchini, sweet potato hash, black decaf
              L - greek yogurt, handful almonds, broccoli w/ olive oil
              D - Antipasto type spread - salami, cheeses, olives, tomatoes

              Booze - NONE.
              Easier than I expected, seeing as how we arrived home the night before with cases of free booze. I am noticing that my husband has been drinking less overall since I started this, and I hope that continues. I have always said "we" need to drink less, "we" need to spend less money on booze, etc. This is the first time that I have made it my journey and completely left him alone about it, and I should have taken this approach a long time ago.
              For lots of tasty recipes, check out my blog -http://lifeasadreger.wordpress.com/

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              • #22
                Just popping in with some encouragement. You're doing great, and you should be proud of yourself.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by AuH2Ogirl View Post
                  Just popping in with some encouragement. You're doing great, and you should be proud of yourself.
                  Thanks so much! I little encouragement goes a long way.
                  For lots of tasty recipes, check out my blog -http://lifeasadreger.wordpress.com/

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                  • #24
                    I started a new (2nd) job at a restaurant yesterday. It will certainly be a challenge once I get comfortable with my coworkers to avoid drinks after work, but that is not my lifestyle anymore and I cannot let it penetrate my resolve.

                    Moving on, I am finally getting to the grocery store soon, I have been piecing meals together for a couple days...

                    Workout: Upper body - push-ups, pull-ups, shoulder flys

                    B - 3 scrambled eggs, black decaf
                    L - greek yogurt, 1/4 cup blueberries, sauteed zucchini.
                    D - chicken and mushroom soup, salami, and cheese.

                    Booze-NONE
                    Ended up taking the dog for a late night walk last night when I found myself starting to negotiate with myself about having just one drink. It did the trick and I got through it.
                    For lots of tasty recipes, check out my blog -http://lifeasadreger.wordpress.com/

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                    • #25
                      Great job on distracting yourself by walking the dog Sometimes, that's all we really need to overcome a bad habit.

                      I find when I start negotiating with myself about running out to grab something to drink, I'll start prepping food or cooking for the next day. It seems to help. (As long as I don't start taste testing too much!)

                      Congrats!!
                      "As if you could kill time without injuring eternity"

                      Primal Journal *WinkBlu*

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by WinkBlu View Post
                        Great job on distracting yourself by walking the dog Sometimes, that's all we really need to overcome a bad habit.

                        I find when I start negotiating with myself about running out to grab something to drink, I'll start prepping food or cooking for the next day. It seems to help. (As long as I don't start taste testing too much!)

                        Congrats!!
                        Food helps me too, I don't normally eat a ton of cheese, but have eaten more of it since I reduced my drinking. I hesitate to use the word "crutch", but I don't mind a little extra cheese to get me through
                        For lots of tasty recipes, check out my blog -http://lifeasadreger.wordpress.com/

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                        • #27
                          Pretty standard, boring day yesterday (which I happen to love )

                          Workout: Ashtanga yoga

                          B - 2 egg omelete with bacon, zucchini, and bleu cheese.
                          L - Salad with roasted chicken, avocado, cucumber, and dijon vinaigrette.
                          D - Meatball curry over cauliflower rice.

                          Booze - NONE*

                          I went through quite a bit of sparkling water with lemon last night, because I spend 2 hours cooking a traditional curry. I love having a few glasses of wine while I cook when I spend that much time on a meal in the kitchen, but I made it through!

                          *For the principle of full disclosure, I must mention that I did have one sip of my husband's beer at the end of my dinner because I was choking on a pepper skin and I don't ever drink liquids while I eat, so I had nothing nearby.
                          For lots of tasty recipes, check out my blog -http://lifeasadreger.wordpress.com/

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                          • #28
                            Doing great! My husband and I had a discussion about cutting down/quitting drinking last night and I told him about your thread on here. Who knows when/if we'll ever do it. Maybe someday. I hate how big of a part of my life it is...
                            ma blog: http://happybeehive.wordpress.com/

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Maurabela View Post
                              Doing great! My husband and I had a discussion about cutting down/quitting drinking last night and I told him about your thread on here. Who knows when/if we'll ever do it. Maybe someday. I hate how big of a part of my life it is...
                              I got to the point where I realized that it is ridiculous to hate anything that I have the full ability to change. There is so much that we can't control, so we must embrace the things we can and make them what we want them to be. I have been hating how much I drink for years now, and there is just no good reason for that. I have felt better about myself this past week than I have in a long time, and I am a pretty confident individual . Finally empowering myself to take the steps necessary to have the life I want and to be the person I want to be is giving me a joy I did not previously have, and that joy has been the fuel for my willpower each day.
                              For lots of tasty recipes, check out my blog -http://lifeasadreger.wordpress.com/

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by supersellen View Post
                                Finally empowering myself to take the steps necessary to have the life I want and to be the person I want to be is giving me a joy I did not previously have, and that joy has been the fuel for my willpower each day.
                                I'm seriously printing this and putting it on my office (okay, cubicle...) wall right now. You are motivating me by being motivated yourself
                                ma blog: http://happybeehive.wordpress.com/

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