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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:23 pm 
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stukov wrote:
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I figured I should say hi since I have been following this thread.

Congratulations to everyone in the thread for focusing on living a better life!

Sept 12th will be 4 months for me.

are you the same mountainman from deadhook


No.


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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stukov wrote:
damn, he was cool

are you cool?



I'm thinking no.


I'm just kidding. Out of curiosity I just realized I've been high and dry for 635 days. That's like a long time and shit. Here are some observations:

1. I really really really fucking love coffee. I drink lots of coffee and I've developed a taste for Starbucks Vanilla Cream Cold Brew. I need to start cold brewing because that shit is getting expensive. My only concern is that if I have cold brew in the house I'll drink it when I shouldn't. I'm also starting to see really good cold brew in cans which is nice.

2. I kind of sleep better. I've never been a really good sleeper but I am sleeping better. I also dream more and I am able to take naps. I used to have 3 beers in the afternoon and then I'd could catch an hour long nap. Didn't realize it but I pretty much had to have some alcohol in my system to sleep.

3. Mo' money. Hard to believe how much I was spending on booze out and about and also around the house. And you can throw in the random hotel and cab rides I don't take anymore. I've saved a substantial amount of $$... I never liked drinking cheap. I always went top shelf beer and for the most part decent liquor. I easily spent about $7500.00 a year on booze.

4. Letting go. Was finally able to come to terms with my divorce and my feelings toward my ex wife. Our interchanges now are for the most part friendly and we try to accommodate each other with scheduling, etc. We even have conversations not related to anything. I would NOT go back but this is much better than that old animosity.

5. My ass has gotten in shape. I've always exercised. It was kind of like a point of pride for me and because I felt like I needed it to counter balance my lifestyle. I do need to hike more. But I feel pretty damn great for fifty except a nagging shoulder injury that I think is going to follow me into the grave.

6. Life satisfaction. Shit still happens but by and large I don't give too shits about what is happening in regard to how I feel at any given moment. It's like running on hard packed sand on the beach rather than knee deep in the water. This was a big surprise to me. In fact I'm sitting here waiting to see if I have a job as of the first of October and while I'd like to know one way or another I'm not really concerned about the outcome. Shit like that used to kill me. I will admit waiting to know if you have a job doesn't do a shit ton for your motivation.

7. I write long posts that no one reads.


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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$7500 a year?


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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$7500 a year?


Yes do you think that is high?


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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That is true. I guess 21 dollars a day seemed like a lot though.


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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Night at home was usually a couple of sixers of IPA or PA. Or maybe a sixer and a couple of bombers. I also liked to go out and drink in bars. Beers out usually cost 5-7.50 depending on what you were drinking. I'd also drink at shows without giving it a second thought. Shit adds up yo. And I kept a bottle or two of bourbon or vodka around.


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:07 pm 
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blukarma wrote:
Night at home was usually a couple of sixers of IPA or PA. Or maybe a sixer and a couple of bombers. I also liked to go out and drink in bars. Beers out usually cost 5-7.50 depending on what you were drinking. I'd also drink at shows without giving it a second thought. Shit adds up yo. And I kept a bottle or two of bourbon or vodka around.


Damn. How did you not get really heavy?


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:42 pm 
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stukov wrote:
i read it

good shit blu.


Noticed many of the same things myself. Especially the sleep and also feel more "level"


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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blukarma wrote:
stukov wrote:
damn, he was cool

are you cool?



I'm thinking no.


I'm just kidding. Out of curiosity I just realized I've been high and dry for 635 days. That's like a long time and shit. Here are some observations:

1. I really really really fucking love coffee. I drink lots of coffee and I've developed a taste for Starbucks Vanilla Cream Cold Brew. I need to start cold brewing because that shit is getting expensive. My only concern is that if I have cold brew in the house I'll drink it when I shouldn't. I'm also starting to see really good cold brew in cans which is nice.

2. I kind of sleep better. I've never been a really good sleeper but I am sleeping better. I also dream more and I am able to take naps. I used to have 3 beers in the afternoon and then I'd could catch an hour long nap. Didn't realize it but I pretty much had to have some alcohol in my system to sleep.

3. Mo' money. Hard to believe how much I was spending on booze out and about and also around the house. And you can throw in the random hotel and cab rides I don't take anymore. I've saved a substantial amount of $$... I never liked drinking cheap. I always went top shelf beer and for the most part decent liquor. I easily spent about $7500.00 a year on booze.

4. Letting go. Was finally able to come to terms with my divorce and my feelings toward my ex wife. Our interchanges now are for the most part friendly and we try to accommodate each other with scheduling, etc. We even have conversations not related to anything. I would NOT go back but this is much better than that old animosity.

5. My ass has gotten in shape. I've always exercised. It was kind of like a point of pride for me and because I felt like I needed it to counter balance my lifestyle. I do need to hike more. But I feel pretty damn great for fifty except a nagging shoulder injury that I think is going to follow me into the grave.

6. Life satisfaction. Shit still happens but by and large I don't give too shits about what is happening in regard to how I feel at any given moment. It's like running on hard packed sand on the beach rather than knee deep in the water. This was a big surprise to me. In fact I'm sitting here waiting to see if I have a job as of the first of October and while I'd like to know one way or another I'm not really concerned about the outcome. Shit like that used to kill me. I will admit waiting to know if you have a job doesn't do a shit ton for your motivation.

7. I write long posts that no one reads.



I read your posts. Congrats.


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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blukarma wrote:
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$7500 a year?


Yes do you think that is high?



I just did some quick math and I spent about that as well the last few years. And that's not bars. Smirnoff and beer basically.


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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No bars, just drinking at home?


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:51 am 
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Warren, congrats!! Mike, I'm impressed! How was the show??

Mtnman- congrats and welcome! :)

BK - I love that list. I'm noticing a lot of the same things. The weight loss, the fact that working out and eating mostly healthy has been easier, more motivated to exercise, etc. I can't believe your age. I saw your IG post from last week. You are shredded dude!


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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brokenoldman wrote:
blukarma wrote:
Night at home was usually a couple of sixers of IPA or PA. Or maybe a sixer and a couple of bombers. I also liked to go out and drink in bars. Beers out usually cost 5-7.50 depending on what you were drinking. I'd also drink at shows without giving it a second thought. Shit adds up yo. And I kept a bottle or two of bourbon or vodka around.


Damn. How did you not get really heavy?



I ate one meal a day and I exercised a whole fucking lot. I quit drinking and dropped a bunch of weight but when I started eating healthy that stabilized. I'm around my drinking weight now but I have 30 inch waist compared to a 33/34 inch waist when I was drinking.


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:19 am 
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just wanted to chime in and say good work everyone.

I do not live a sober lifestyle but I have to say that everyone ITT is doing some great work. Can't say that I don't sometimes think about going this route, especially the older I get.


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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30 inch waist. Damn! Nice work.


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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Yay everyone!

10 months today!


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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So many heavy hitters here got sober all at once

Congrats


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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Don’t know why I opened this thread, but I just did. I had no idea we had so many people who kicked/are kicking booze. I’m proud of all of y’all.

Don’t really have anything to add, just wanted to say I see what y’all are up to and I’m for it.


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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Good job everyone.

6 months today.


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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Congrats on 6 months!! That's awesome!!


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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shamus wrote:
Yay everyone!

10 months today!

Nice!!! Congrats!!


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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6 months today myself.

keep it up folks

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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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6 months today myself.

keep it up folks


NICE!!! That's incredible!!


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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jl55378008 wrote:
Don’t know why I opened this thread, but I just did. I had no idea we had so many people who kicked/are kicking booze. I’m proud of all of y’all.

Don’t really have anything to add, just wanted to say I see what y’all are up to and I’m for it.


Thanks for the love. I love that there are so many people in here just doing something positive for themselves. It's really cool.


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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oh yeah, this thread...


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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38 days of being in control with fear on hold


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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38 days of being in control with fear on hold

Nice! Welcome back


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:10 pm 
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That's awesome, bar.

Glad to see you back and doing well.


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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so it's nice reading the sunshine and rainbows posts itt

but what do i do when i get a very strong urge to rail some addys, rip a fat bong hit and geek out playing video games all day while hiding from the world


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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stukov wrote:
so it's nice reading the sunshine and rainbows posts itt

but what do i do when i get a very strong urge to rail some addys, rip a fat bong hit and geek out playing video games all day while hiding from the world

Realize and say to yourself that that is why you stopped using/drinking. That didn't make you as happy as you think it will. You've made a bunch of big changes lately and there are bound to be some growing pains. Slipping back into a negative cycle is only going to bum you out more.
Go exercise, get some ice cream, jerk off, whatever, just something to distract healthily for a while.


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well i already exercised today, and ice cream costs money, so....

*unzips*


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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or geek out and play video games without the other stuff

find other activities to do - school, hiking, photography, art, whatever


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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yeah, and i will

but this shit is hard

but hey, 6 months booze free today


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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congrats stu
you're a badass
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can't there just be a tattoo or something i can get to keep me sober

i actually have to work at this, it sucks


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stukov wrote:
can't there just be a tattoo or something i can get to keep me sober

i actually have to work at this, it sucks

it gets easier and easier


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i actually feel a lot better now than when i first posted

comes in waves


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No matter how good of an idea it sounds like, it just not worth it, talk about overrated


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didnt you just post about a weed harvest? lol


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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i have so much shit going on (good stuff, all of it) drinking seems like the furthest thing from a good time that i can think of.


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i dont give a flying fuck about booze

but that was never my main vice. just a rather dangerous substitute


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i say drinking, i mean any of it
it would all just fuck up all the good stuff going on


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yeah, my issues is getting all that good stuff kickstarted

so much easier to just wall everything off and delay starting my life for another few days


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stukov wrote:
yeah, my issues is getting all that good stuff kickstarted

so much easier to just wall everything off and delay starting my life for another few days

yeah it takes time
time takes time
dumbest and most cliche saying, but it's incredibly true


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well, i guess i better get started then. i guess 27 is as good a time as any


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stukov wrote:
didnt you just post about a weed harvest? lol


Cannabis is my cure all for my head and body

I only am sober from alcohol.


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that's cool and i respect that.

im particularly craving weed rn tho, and it's really bad for me


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 Post subject: Re: SoberHook Support
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shamus wrote:
stukov wrote:
didnt you just post about a weed harvest? lol


Cannabis is my cure all for my head and body

I only am sober from alcohol.


i like this guy :mrgreen:


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gal and shes mad awesome


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pretty sure thats not a guy


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