Friday, 9 February 2018

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Day 20 and feeling great.

I kept a record of how I was feeling in a private journal when I stopped drinking but I didn't start blogging again until I was sure I could get a few alcohol free days under my belt. Below are a few notes I wrote about alcohol withdrawal symptoms I was experiencing and how I was feeling at the time.

Day 1

I've had alcohol free days before so day 1 was no different than any other alcohol free day.

Day 2

Well it's been almost 48 hours since I had a drink and I feel amazing. Allen Carr's book really helped me a lot. I was so scared about having withdrawal that I didn't want to try going alcohol free. Now I  wish I had tried it sooner.

Day 3

Had a few bad panic attacks on the way to the Dr this morning. Could be alcohol withdrawal but I think it's because I freaked out when I read some alcohol withdrawal symptoms on the net.

Felt quiet irritable and told hubby off for inviting our neighbour over for drinks tomorrow.

Soooo tired, not normal tired, exhausted.

Day 4

A neighbour came over last night, we had a lovely time and I didn't feel the need to drink. Could have done with an early night because I felt so tired but she didn't leave until almost 10. Didn't fall asleep until 12 but didn't have any more symptoms.

Today I'm feeling so tired but calm and alcohol free.

Day 5

Went to work yesterday. Felt great in the am, really tired for the last hour and a half of work but I made it. Had a nap after work, felt tired all night but didn't have any cravings. Went to bed early but took a couple of hours to nod off. Getting to sleep a little earlier each night and once I'm asleep, sleeping really well.

Day 6

Today is day 6 and I'm feeling really good. It's 11am and not feeling tired so far. I've lost a  kilo already too.

Day 7

Yay, didn't have a nap yesterday. Listen to me, I sound like a kid, but I'm very pleased to be feeling human again.

Day 8

Had a good sleep last night, but took me a long time to fall asleep again. I'm hoping this will change with time. Not doing much today, chilling at home and reading Breaking Dawn.

Day 9

I Only Sniffed The Bottle

Days 10 - 20

The hardest part for me so far was the first five days when I felt exhausted but couldn't fall asleep for a long time at bedtime. It's not taking me as long to fall asleep now and I'm sleeping like a baby once I nod off. I have a lot of energy during the day, my resting heart rate has reduced by 14 bpms and I've lost 2kg.

I'm so proud of myself, I can't believe that after many years of struggling to cut down alcohol intake, I've been alcohol free for 20 days :)

Love KB

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Your Personal Stop Drinking Plan by Allen Carr

Day 14 alcohol free and feeling great.

After Coco passed away, I ordered a copy of Allen Carr's - Your Personal Stop Drinking Plan, from the library. I'd read the book previously but I was trying to moderate my alcohol intake at the time rather than stop drinking.

I can honestly say that this book was one of the reasons I was able to stop drinking. Allen helped me understand why I drank alcohol and gave me tools, advice and a simple plan to enable me to stop.

I would recommend - Your Personal Stop Drinking Plan,  to anyone who has tried to stop drinking without success but who is determined to stop drinking.

Photo Source: Pixabay

That's all from me today,

Love KB

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

I Only Sniffed The Bottle...

Mum and Dad came for a visit yesterday. Hubby prepared a yummy dinner, Dad helped us assemble some furniture and a good time was had by all. I wasn't tempted to have any bubbly, but I did sniff the bottle a few times, LOL. 

Love KB

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Rest Now My Angel

I was startled awake at 1.30 am by a terrible whine. Our little dog Coco was having a seizure. Her heart racing, tongue lolling to one side and a look of confusion in her eyes. I turned to my husband, "She's dying." I said.

Hubby covered her in a blanket and wrapped her up in his arms as I headed to the car. We travelled the short distance to the After Hours Vet Clinic in 10 mins but every traffic light stop seemed like an eternity.

" I think she's ready to go." was all I could say to the vet in charge. Hubby placed Coco gently on the table and the vet nodded in agreement. I signed the necessary forms, while hubby whispered comforting words to our wee girl. We stroked and comforted her the best we could as she slipped away.

Rest now my angel.

This event convinced me to reassess my drinking habits. If Coco had woken up a few short hours earlier, I would not have been able to drive due to the amount of alcohol I had consumed during the evening. And as Hubby doesn't drive, Coco would have died at home, no doubt suffering, for I do not know how long.

It took me a about a month to get myself into the right frame of mind, but I am now eight days alcohol free :)

Love KB

Friday, 9 December 2016

A Walk Around The Mount

Just back from a week away with hubby at my parents' place. We decided to take the bus to Tauranga. The bus fare was soooo cheap and the three hour ride was full of beautiful scenery.

The day after we arrived, Mum and Dad said they'd take us for a 'little' walk around Mt Mauganui. I soon realised that my idea and their idea of a little walk wasn't quite the same. We walked along the beach and all the way around the bottom of the mountain you can see in the photos.  We saw Orcas out at sea so it was totally worth it!

Friday, 25 November 2016

KB's Heading Back To Work

After a year of attending Job Club, applying for jobs and volunteering, KB's heading back to work!!!!!!!!!

I was approached by the manager of the office where I volunteer and asked if I was interested in a part-time role as receptionist. I didn't even need to interview. She has been so pleased with my work so far that she thought of me straight away for the role.

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I start my new role in the new year and as you can imagine, I'm so happy. The hours are perfect, the role is just what I have been looking for, the environment is low-stress and the people who work there are lovely.

KB's doing a happy dance 😊

Friday, 11 November 2016

Giving Myself A Gold Star

Wow, it's been ages since I've done any blogging. I just haven't been in the mood to do so. Lots has been happening...

Boozy Stuff

Moderation is going really well. I still have my ups and downs but in general, I am moderating by sipping my drinks rather than gulping them and substituting alcohol with chilled Cranberry and Apple tea, yummy! I even had an alcohol free night this week and that hasn't happened in a very long time. I was a little anxious about doing it but once I made my mind up, it was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be. I'm going to continue moderating and slowly adding more alcohol free days to my week. My ultimate goal is to moderate on the weekends and be alcohol free during the week. It's been a slow process but I am definitely getting there.

Photo Source: Pixabay

Work Stuff

I'm still looking for part time work but in the meantime, I'm volunteering in an office at a local business. I assist with admin stuff and I'm loving it so far.

Weight Stuff

I've lost 2 KGs, yay! I've made myself a weekly food plan and for the most part I've been sticking to it. I've also started walking again!

That's all from me today,

Love KB
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