Happy weekend!

Hello friends!

It’s been a great weekend here, hoping the same for you all! Mentally I seem to be going into this “Dry January” with much more confidence and perseverance. I see I want to turn to alcohol when stressed, but doing good with telling myself NO. An author I love ( Rebecca Weller ) said that when you crave a drink, ask yourself “But what do I really want?” That one piece of advice has helped me this week tremendously! I get weak on the weekends so I made plans to keep me busy. Friday I worked long hours and brought subs home for dinner and sat and watched two movies with my hubby until 12am. We both drank some yummy teas.

Woke up Saturday feeling wonderful! Cleaned up our horse paddocks with my girls. It’s unusually warm here for January so we had to take advantage. Then the family went to get groceries and errands. Fun time and I purchased items for homemade milkshakes. I knew on a Saturday night I needed a “special” drink or it wouldn’t be the same. I am also lactose intolerant so purchase lactose-free ice cream and used almond milk. It had some whipped cream on it but Lactaid pills will offset that for me. It was suuuuuuuper yummy and everyone was happy and enjoyed them. Going to make mint chocolate chip milkshakes next weekend. Hubby got me a sparkling water later in the evening as we watched a movie. ( Can you believe with not drinking you can stay awake later at night for an entire movie? LOL!) He got one for himself as well. I told him if he wants a beer it’s no problem for me. He replied saying if I don’t drink, he won’t either. Very reassuring and it meant a lot. There’s certain occasions with the guys he may want to have a couple but he is able to have a couple and leave it at that.

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Also, I received a new book Friday I’ve been wanting! I’ll try to add a picture of it!  A Happier Hour is her first book and the most relatable book I have read for early sobriety! I read it twice! The second, Up All Day is the one I just received. I follow her on Instagram ( she goes by bexweller ) and love Rebecca’s thinking and advice. Highly recommend for very relatable, easy reading!

Well, I better get on with my day! Thank you all so much for reading and all your comments and help!

Lots of love,

Jackie

PS-Not sure why the pic inserted where it did…..but it works! LOL!

 

 

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17 Responses to Happy weekend!

  1. clairei47 says:

    Wow!!!! Fab post Jackie and what a great weekend. I’m defo going to attempt the milkshakes – sounds lush. I do rely on AF replacements to help me through tricky times. It works for me, I know they aren’t for everyone.
    I’ll look those books up. I always rely on literature and podcasts to help me. Really important I think.

    Hugs
    Claire xx

    • Awesome on looking those books up! I am just thinking making Shirley Temples would be a great idea too! Something fizzy and fun, yet AF and my girls could enjoy too! Thanks for the AF replacement reminder! I think an AF wine would do the trick too….with some snacks. LOL I’m a big Saturday night snacker!
      Hugs back!!! ❤

  2. Wonderful, Jackie! I used to want to leave at intermissions during plays because of the wine I drank before!
    You are learning good coping strategies!
    xo
    Wendy

  3. sobrietytree says:

    This is an absolutely WONDERFUL post!!!!! I had the urge to log in here and now I’m so glad I did!!! Love the book recommends, details of your evening, everything. Just so great. Thanks for sharing Jackie! That evening and day sound perfect. A post like this inspires me to maybe write something again soon. So free and easy and good to read. Lots of love 🙌💖😘xoxoxoxo nadine

    • clairei47 says:

      I agree .. It’s inspired me to post too. I just kept getting interrupted 🙄
      Xx

    • Thanks so much Nadine! I love reading your writing! I was originally doing WP on my phone and my phone is an outdated model, that is behind a few updates, but won’t update. ( Keeps failing ) I wanted to write for some time and also respond more and it was freezing and going so slow I got frustrated. Decided to go to our main computer everyone uses. So much easier! I was looking forward to everyone going to bed to grab my Chai tea and go on WP tonight! XOXOXOXOXO backatchya! ❤

      • sobrietytree says:

        Aw thanks Jackie. 🙏❤️ And yes, definitely web version is much easier than mobile. I even find commenting hard on mobile, but I’m a bit of a klutz. Super glad you are blogging. It’s a great community, especially with you in it. 😊💖xoxoxoxo

  4. Thanks so much Nadine! I love reading your writing! I was originally doing WP on my phone and my phone is an outdated model, that is behind a few updates, but won’t update. ( Keeps failing ) I wanted to write for some time and also respond more and it was freezing and going so slow I got frustrated. Decided to go to our main computer everyone uses. So much easier! I was looking forward to everyone going to bed to grab my Chai tea and go on WP tonight! XOXOXOXOXO backatchya! ❤

  5. Jim Simmonds says:

    Watching films and NOT falling asleep is for me one of the great unspoken wonders of sobriety. Glad it’s going well for you. Keep it up. Jim x

    • Hey thanks, Jim! It’s my new exciting thing to stay up and watch movies on the weekends now! ( with snacks. LOL! ) I used to tell myself that I worked so much and I was so tired and that’s why I fell asleep through them. Now I know yes, I do work a lot however it was the alcohol making me tired and not able to stay up! Glad Claire got ya back blogging on here! hehehehehehe!!!!! 😀

      • Jim Simmonds says:

        I once went to a concert which the Guardian called their “gig of the year”. Best seats, one of my favourite artists, but went to pub first, drank too much and slept through most of the show. What a waste. Never again🙂 Jim x keep snacking!

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