It’s Never Too Late

It's Never Too Late

Whatever it is you are contemplating changing – and for most here, it’s like the habit that involves too much alcohol – it truly is NEVER too late to make changes that will lead you to a happier and more fulfilling life!

The month of March has been a prime example for me. I’ve been on program with my eating, working out and NO ALCOHOL as was recommended by my coach for the month of March. I am contemplating continuing until it’s time to go on my trip to Barbados in May!

I have more important things occupying my mind than those wretched thoughts of ‘to drink or not to drink’ – for me it’s how badly do I want to achieve my fitness/health goals?! The answer certainly involves more activity, healthy foods, and much less alcohol!

So no matter where you are on YOUR own journey, just know it’s truly never too late to make changes that will lead you to living your BEST life!!

I’m going after my dreams – full throttle!!

Having Faith

Having Faith

I haven’t posted in a while but I wanted to give an update to say things are finally turning around for me in so many ways!

Since my resolution to focus on self-care – I’m happy to report that I’m feeling 100% better. Exercising regularly, eating well and that detox – well it ended up being a 2 day sugar free day which I’m repeating this weekend. It really helped me to get my cravings under control.

As for the alcohol – I am happy to report that while I’m not 100% sober, I am very pleased with my progress to losing that booze voice within and regaining self-control. I am going to keep pushing with some basic principles around this but really releasing a lot of the ‘thinking about drinking’ and focusing on things I am going after this year – weight loss, new projects, activities… I am back to attending my chapter meetings and January’s speaker provided me with some great resources to keep Moving Forward. I am joining a regular Sunday Zumba class. I am joining a 5 week support group for women around body image, self-esteem (and some fun in there too). I have signed up for a cool singles outing near Valentine’s day where we go to a restaurant and prepare 3 entrees that we get to take home. OH – and for those who were following me – the financial pressures I was experiencing have been alleviated somewhat – I received funds and was able to pay off my car and will now work through a budget to hopefully become debt free this year!

As I have shifted my focus to the things I want – I find it easier to quiet the voice within that was consuming me about alcohol.

I will likely post my progress here monthly or bi-monthly but if you want to keep in touch with me via my daily blogs – you can find me over at SparkPeople – SeptemberSpirit is my name there – just google it and you’ll see it come up 🙂

Learn to Dance

Learn to Dance

I have not been AF for a while now… and yet I know I’m not done this dance of life. I am looking at it as the dance that it is – learning the steps until I master them.

December has been a very difficult month for me and it hit me out of the blue with the deaths of a few close friends/family. I also see it as an opportunity to appreciate LIFE more and what I do have every single day.

I’ve been battling depression with my life circumstances – financial woes, holiday blues, difficulties with my teens… but I’m not giving up hope. 2014 brings about new life – a new moon, new beginnings. I am going to continue my lessons until I master this dance of life and feel the real rhythm that is LIFE and LOVE!

30 Days AF!

30 Days AF!

Ok – so I’ve reached that first milestone – 30 days AF. Now, unlike the last 2 times I was here (when I couldn’t wait to get back to drinking), I am now setting my next goal – another 30 days AF … I’m going to keep adding 30 day increments to finally reach that infamous 100 days from Belle’s challenge (which I will achieve on February 5th).

I have re-started so many times and I know how hard it is to go back to day 1 so I’m not going there until I reach my ultimate goal. After that – who knows what lies beyond.

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. ~ Buddha”

And so for today – I’ll be AF.

Friday Motivation – Thanks Soberistas!

Friday Motivation - Thanks Soberistas!

This was posted on FB by Soberistas… and felt I needed it here in my blog.

It’s now my 4th weekend AF – day 25 AF today and 8 days from now it’s my Gala and the mark of tying up the longest AF stretch I have had in decades… 33 days. Can’t wait to wake up that Sunday morning feeling very PROUD of myself and without any hangover.

The cravings come and go during some tough emotional stuff I’m dealing with but doing my best to manage them in the ‘raw’… although I am indulging in more calories than I should – giving myself a pass on that. Sobriety is my Number One vice to BUST and then the rest will come.

Cheers to another AF weekend!

The Devil Made Me Do It

The Devil Made Me Do It

I know I know … we make our own choices but this photo truly depicts how get hooked early in life. For me it was at the age of 12 when I used to steal some of my mom’s whiskey bit by bit and pour some into a glass – until I had enough to pour into a can and walk around outside showing my friends – I was cool! NOT lol!

He showed his ugly face to me many times – the devil that is booze – early in my life too! I watched as my parents drank too much and became ugly – and changed personalities.

Alcohol truly does take possession of all that’s good in us and shifts it. I am happily exorcising it out of my life… one day at a time!

Quit Anything That Drains Your Spirit

Quit Anything That Drains Your Spirit

Alcohol is that ‘anything’ that has been draining my spirit. I’m on day 11 AF and feeling so much better – that sunshine peeking through the clouds in this picture, that’s how I’m feeling. With every day that passes, I sense that this time is different. 11 is a very significant number for me – it’s like my angels watching over me … I see it everywhere. This month also marks 11 years from the most difficult time of my life… when my husband left me and soon after my mother passed from cancer. Today, I can say with confidence that I’m letting go of past hurts and looking forward to living a life filled with LOVE and forgiveness. What was done is past, what is here today and what lies ahead is bright and full of promise!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!