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RE: 1 Year Drinking Wagon Challenge for 2014
(02-28-2020 07:04 PM)The Lizard of Oz Wrote:  
(02-27-2020 08:42 PM)monsquid Wrote:  LoZ can I confirm my date with you? As previously posted I've stopped drinking since Dec 14, 2019.

Certainly, monsquid. Are you in for a full year as of December 14, 2019?

Yes I am.
02-29-2020 10:44 AM
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(02-29-2020 10:44 AM)monsquid Wrote:  
(02-28-2020 07:04 PM)The Lizard of Oz Wrote:  
(02-27-2020 08:42 PM)monsquid Wrote:  LoZ can I confirm my date with you? As previously posted I've stopped drinking since Dec 14, 2019.

Certainly, monsquid. Are you in for a full year as of December 14, 2019?

Yes I am.

Thanks for confirming. Welcome aboard as of December 14, 2019 and I hope to hear more from you here over time.

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I’m on for a year.

And, first post.
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(02-29-2020 08:55 PM)big_green Wrote:  I’m on for a year.

And, first post.

Thank you for the post, big_green. It always makes me happy to see someone make a first post in the wagon thread -- we've had quite a few of these over time. A small technical point, you started your wagon on February 29, a date that will not recur next year (or most other years, should that be relevant). To avoid any ambiguity, we will consider your official start date to be March 1.

Welcome aboard as of March 1, 2020 and I look forward to hearing more from you here as time goes on.

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Went to a party last night. Host wanted guests to bring drinks. I didn't drink at all, nor did I have any desire to drink but I did bring a 6 pack as a courtesy. Some others were bringing 24 packs and bottles of wine etc. I felt guilty and hypocritical that I was bringing alcohol even though I don't drink myself but I guess I was afraid of getting judged for bringing non alcoholic drinks. I need to get over that and just bring a six pack or large bottle of seltzer water. I need to provide an option for others to not to drink without imposing on them.
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Just a reminder to whom it may concern that, whatever else may go on in the world, the wagon rolls on. There is room enough to accommodate a personal compartment for each rider; and for those who might feel restless during a long solitary stretch of the journey, there is plenty of surprisingly companionable reading material interspersed throughout the pages of the great Wagon Thread. This may be as good a time as any to peruse it at one's leisure. Angel

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03-15-2020 08:24 PM
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I officially completed my 1 Year Drinking Wagon Challenge.

As of Today I can officially drink again. I don't have a real motivation at the moment, so I will give it some thought. Maybe a glass of wine with a nice steak or a beer on a hot summer night. I was at a little gathering Friday night with some drinkers and didn't really feel at all ancy.

Thanks to this thread for putting it out there for me. I had done dry Januarys' and had given up drinking for lent a couple times but this was truly the marathon.

Life has changed a fair bit. Coincidentally, I returned to the Church and sacraments (TLM), gave up slooots, bought a small farm, but mostly the biggest difference in not drinking is not having the urge or compulsion to drink out of boredom.

For professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. Rom 1:22
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Just wanted to echo Lizard of Oz here, and encourage those whose wagon ride has gotten a little bumpier with all the global craziness going on right now. 5 years ago, this scenario would have been a remarkable excuse for me to disappear with a veritable warehouse of booze for 8 weeks. It would have been extremely tempting, especially with all the doomsaying and the sheer novelty of the times we are living in.

Do what you can to look at this as an opportunity. If you're stuck at home, try to keep a routine. Get up at a reasonable hour, work on your home cooking, reacquaint yourself with a bodyweight workout, dial yourself in and get some shit done, do not look at your 401k--it's a hellscape, but you already knew that. If you're starting to get restless, go for a walk or get into nature for a bit. If you are an AA type and your meetings are cancelled, reach out to your bros and make sure that they're hanging in there!

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I have a question for you Lizard. Since many will probably have a good amount of solitude at home because of current events... are there any movies or especially books you would recommend? Not specifically dealing with drinking or the like, but maybe dealing with opening up to the world outside the self that you've talk about. Or even just about being your own man and going your own way.
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This pandemic is more reason not to drink. Once you start drinking the pandemic out, you aren't preparing, you aren't making the most of your days and you will be more likely to go into a state of fear and poor health / vulnerability to the virus.

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03-23-2020 12:27 PM
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(03-23-2020 12:27 PM)NoMoreTO Wrote:  This pandemic is more reason not to drink. Once you start drinking the pandemic out, you aren't preparing, you aren't making the most of your days and you will be more likely to go into a state of fear and poor health / vulnerability to the virus.

Well said. Alcohol has nearly instantaneous negative effects on your immune system.
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(03-23-2020 05:24 AM)harmonicpinch Wrote:  I have a question for you Lizard. Since many will probably have a good amount of solitude at home because of current events... are there any movies or especially books you would recommend? Not specifically dealing with drinking or the like, but maybe dealing with opening up to the world outside the self that you've talk about. Or even just about being your own man and going your own way.

Classics that fit that description: Five Easy Pieces, Barry Lyndon and Scarecrow

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(03-25-2020 12:56 AM)bacon Wrote:  
(03-23-2020 05:24 AM)harmonicpinch Wrote:  I have a question for you Lizard. Since many will probably have a good amount of solitude at home because of current events... are there any movies or especially books you would recommend? Not specifically dealing with drinking or the like, but maybe dealing with opening up to the world outside the self that you've talk about. Or even just about being your own man and going your own way.

Classics that fit that description: Five Easy Pieces, Barry Lyndon and Scarecrow

Excellent recommendations by bacon. I would add the The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. Really helps me understand anxiety and effective tactics to manage it. Part about allowing your thoughts and feelings to happen whilst acting as an "observer" really helps me.
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I just completed year three of my wagon challenge and I feel great and extremely focused. I'm definitely inspired by all the people making significant changes in their lives by giving up booze. I would like to sign up for year 4.
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(03-28-2020 08:17 PM)PrimeTime32 Wrote:  I just completed year three of my wagon challenge and I feel great and extremely focused. I'm definitely inspired by all the people making significant changes in their lives by giving up booze. I would like to sign up for year 4.

Congrats PrimeTime32. Any tips for maintaining? Especially when everything is feeling good, I feel tempted to drink beer.
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(03-29-2020 09:07 AM)monsquid Wrote:  
(03-28-2020 08:17 PM)PrimeTime32 Wrote:  I just completed year three of my wagon challenge and I feel great and extremely focused. I'm definitely inspired by all the people making significant changes in their lives by giving up booze. I would like to sign up for year 4.

Congrats PrimeTime32. Any tips for maintaining? Especially when everything is feeling good, I feel tempted to drink beer.

I don't know if this is a wagon-approved method. But I've found that the new Heineken 0.0 is awesome for whenever you just want that beer taste or want to have a beer in your hand during a social event (like summer barbecue, most don't do mixed drinks). 69 calories (140+ in normal) and it tastes great. Also it's a true <0.05% no alcohol beer. There's more alcohol in ripe fruit.

I usually have one after an intense run or gym sesh, hydrates and the phenols help with recovery/sleep. I think it could also be psychologically beneficial because it detaches the former sloppy buzz "reward" from the act of drinking at social events. You can just do your own thing. And in my experience nobody ever notices unless you point it out, same bottle shape.
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Thanks for the congrats everyone. My main thing is I dont want to go back to the messed up life I had. I was homeless and constantly in and out of jail due to alcoholism and lots of drug use. I know if I start drinking that eventually I will slip back into that lifestyle. I know that I'm an extreme case, people like me can't just have one drink, I will drink until the whole bottle is gone or I pass out. I realize most people can casually drink. If people want to go on the wagon I support it but for me I truly believe this thread has saved my life.
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(03-15-2020 08:48 PM)NoMoreTO Wrote:  I officially completed my 1 Year Drinking Wagon Challenge.

As of Today I can officially drink again. I don't have a real motivation at the moment, so I will give it some thought. Maybe a glass of wine with a nice steak or a beer on a hot summer night. I was at a little gathering Friday night with some drinkers and didn't really feel at all ancy.

Thanks to this thread for putting it out there for me. I had done dry Januarys' and had given up drinking for lent a couple times but this was truly the marathon.

Life has changed a fair bit. Coincidentally, I returned to the Church and sacraments (TLM), gave up slooots, bought a small farm, but mostly the biggest difference in not drinking is not having the urge or compulsion to drink out of boredom.

NoMoreTO, congrats on completing a 1 year wagon. I hope you have been able to take some pride and satisfaction in your accomplishment. +1 rep point from me.

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(03-28-2020 08:17 PM)PrimeTime32 Wrote:  I just completed year three of my wagon challenge and I feel great and extremely focused. I'm definitely inspired by all the people making significant changes in their lives by giving up booze. I would like to sign up for year 4.

This is awesome PrimeTime32, three years is a big deal. You know how much you need this, and it makes me very happy to see you staying on track. Every year that passes secures and solidifies the gains you've already made.

Welcome back aboard for year 4 as of March 28, 2020 and I look forward to hearing more from you on this thread as time goes on.

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I hit the 3 month mark a few days ago. I had this urge to drop in the bottle shop to stock up on booze before a lockdown, but recognised it for what it was. I reminded myself what the low times recovering from hangovers were like and continued on with my day.

Its pretty sneaky how this kind of thing sneaks up on you. I was thinking 'Hey it won't hurt, its not like you'll be doing anything constructive in isolation anyway'. This time is an exceptional opportunity for self-development and booze would really mess that up.

Hope everyone else is rolling on ok. I know the extra stress at the moment could be very testing.
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(04-05-2020 07:25 PM)Speculation Wrote:  I hit the 3 month mark a few days ago. I had this urge to drop in the bottle shop to stock up on booze before a lockdown, but recognised it for what it was. I reminded myself what the low times recovering from hangovers were like and continued on with my day.

Its pretty sneaky how this kind of thing sneaks up on you. I was thinking 'Hey it won't hurt, its not like you'll be doing anything constructive in isolation anyway'. This time is an exceptional opportunity for self-development and booze would really mess that up.

Hope everyone else is rolling on ok. I know the extra stress at the moment could be very testing.

Awesome. I'm about to hit month 4 in a week. Keep going strong brother.
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