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#1 Posted on:
Wed, 28/12/2016 - 11:05

Oldhamktf

Joined:
2015-09-26

Firstly I'd like to thank Gary for all the hardwork in keeping the 2016 challenge running, I found it invaluable and instrumental in my recovery. 

We're not going to try an reinvent the wheel, the challenge will take the same format as last year. No reason to change it, it's been very successful. The only real change will be that myself and Deano will be sharing to updates between us. 

First check in by Sunday the 1st Jan Deano will do first update on the 2nd Jan. 

This thread is open to everyone, I hope it will become somewhere that helps and inspires a large group of people to take that next step in their recovery process. We start the year in different places, some of us may have abstained from gambling for a matter of minutes, others may have gone much much longer! The aim of the challenge is simple, we are going to go a full calendar year without a bet. Or the remainder of 2016 if you are joining part of the way through.

I hope that as a group we can fill this thread with positivity and some amazing stories along the way. A place where friendships are bonded, coping mechanisms are discussed, we can offload when we need to and of course we will have plenty of milestones to celebrate along the way.

How the challenge works

Firstly, if you would like to join then all you need to do is make a post. Newcomers can introduce yourself, tell us about your journey so far, what form of gambling you have had a problem with and how many days you have been free of gambling for.

Secondly, once you have joined then to stay a part of the challenge you need to make a check in post once a week before midnight on a Sunday night. Let us know how recovery is going and how many days you are on. If you ever miss a check in you will be removed from the update list but free to rejoin at any time.

Thirdly, I will update the forum on Monday mornings with a list of all the active members and how many days each of you has accrued. I will run through all the milestones that have been achieved.

Finally, use this thread to develop bonds and work together as a team to make life changing decisions in 2016. There may be times we are tempted or feeling low, if so this is the place to be. Tell the group how you are feeling and I'm sure there will be plenty of advice and support out there. The low times will go and being part of this challenge will allow you to have many more highs than lows, especially as the months go by!

Here is to a gamble free 2017, good luck everyone!

Martin and Deano 

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Posted on:
Wed, 28/12/2016 - 11:15

Bal

Joined:
2015-04-18

Cheers guys. Bal is in

Posted on:
Wed, 28/12/2016 - 11:18

Guestuser9

Joined:
Before 2009

Hi I'm Deano. I'm a compulsive gambaler. I've spent 20 year's of my life chasing the magical pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Although a lot of my childhood was spent around gambaling it didn't become a problem for me until I left school. I first entered arcades with a freind at 16. At the time it seemed a simple way to top up on my 29.50 yts money.
This had varying success for maybe the first 2 year's.
When I first got a real job at 18 I found I had more money than I knew what to do with. And that's when my gambaling spiralled out of control. Over the year's I've pushed a sickening amount of money down the throat of a machine. After a successful period away. I spent a year throwing money away on scratchcards. I joined gamcare in 2015 because the life u was living again was unmanageable. I've had some ups and downs over the past year and a bit. But I'm now on the right path. This year I tend to smash through my first year no bets mark.
Hopefully you will all join us on our quest to make 2017 a gamble free one
Deano

Posted on:
Wed, 28/12/2016 - 11:33

Sillycow

Joined:
2016-12-09

I'm in guys....I'm on Day 19 and Mixers 100 day challenge is helping me loads, I'd love to be part of this one too :)

M x

Posted on:
Wed, 28/12/2016 - 11:35

Oldhamktf

Joined:
2015-09-26

I first came to the forum in September 2015 and to be honest didn't expect much from it but a long with GA it has changed my life for the better. I'm currently 462 days gamble free, and never believe I would be able to write that sentence but with the help and support from this site along with my willingness to change it is possible. 

KTF

Posted on:
Wed, 28/12/2016 - 11:59

Neveragain121016

Joined:
2011-10-04

Hi Martin, Deano and all taking on this challenge. I'd like to add my thanks to Gary who ran a great challenge last year that helped me massively.

My thanks now to Martin and Deano for taking up the new challenge thread and I look forward to completing my first year bet free and then onto my first calendar year bet free.

My brief history would be gambling on horse, dogs and sports - football my main downfall. Gambling a little through teens onto my first job at 16 and gambling more particular as I turned 18. Dialed it down a tad as it got slightly out of control but from 21 onwards it really kicked in and the last 5 years I've lost a way more than I can offered and accumulated a lovely amount of debt - thanks gambling!

I started on here 6 years ago. God I wish I quit there and then but since coming back in April of this year I've really changed and I'm now on day 270 and believe that number is only going one way.

Thanks again guys, I wish everyone on here the best of luck and I look forward to taking this journey with you all. Bring on 2017!

Posted on:
Wed, 28/12/2016 - 12:36

ITDamo

Joined:
2016-01-26

Count me in.

Currently on day 337.

Gambled for nearly 20 years on just about anything I could. Cheated, lied, stolen....I've done it all.

This site along with counselling have played a huge part in me reaching this point.

I wish everyone well.

Damo

Posted on:
Wed, 28/12/2016 - 13:24

Gm88

Joined:
2016-12-24

Hi everyone id like to join in on this challenge havent gambled since xmas eve. Been a compulsive gambler for over a year, 4 days and counting 

Posted on:
Wed, 28/12/2016 - 14:08

Bal

Joined:
2015-04-18

Bal always up for a challenge.

My gambling became addictive to the point of destruction over the last few years. FOBT was my main vice.

2015 was a bad year in the beginning as my addiction truly took hold of me. In my darkest hours I wanted to stop, to be found out, to be normal. To get rid of this weight that was dragging me down. Suicide was an option. I stood by the railway tracks but couldnt do it.

In April 2015 it finally happened and my gambling sins were uncovered.

The trapdoor opened and i was found out and although the gambling weight was lifted it was replaced by guilt, pity, self loathing, hatred and anger at what I had done and what it had made me.

Recovery began to take shape.

Gamcare counselling helped greatly allowing me to understand things a little better.

Giving up all access to cash and cards for 6 months was a massive help. On the occassions I was given cash I provided receipts and change.

In 2016 my recovery continued and was helped by some fantastic people on this forum. Sometimes i didnt want to listen to what they said. Sometimes i didnt want to accept what was being said. But slowly things began to click and i feel a bit more confident and a lot less of a fraud today.

Deano and KTF - my thanks to you both for taking on this task and the posts and.laughs on FB.

Today is 625 gamble free

Bal x

Posted on:
Wed, 28/12/2016 - 14:17

Sam Crow

Joined:
2012-02-23

Im in, had a whole post typed up but it deleted on me :(

212 days gamble free

Cheers for doing the challenge guys!

Posted on:
Wed, 28/12/2016 - 14:23

Bluebella33

Joined:
2015-04-26

I've been waiting for this.  Joined here just over a year ago with mixed results, but have now reached a point where all the blocks are in place, money has been handed over and I'm going to GA.  This will bring additional support, and thank you to all who have/are putting in the effort to make this happen.  Blue

Posted on:
Wed, 28/12/2016 - 14:45

Little miss lost

Joined:
2016-05-24

Massive step for me, count me in.
Currently only on day 7.
Online slots have taken away my sanity.
Trying really hard to sort my finances out, encountering many problems along the way.
Oh to be able to say I've had a gamble free 2017.
Longing for the day I can feel at peace with myself.
Truly want to make myself and you guys proud by being able to log in every week and say I have not gambled.
I must succeed for my own sanity.
I will succeed.
LML x

Posted on:
Wed, 28/12/2016 - 14:53

Samson

Joined:
2016-05-08

Over 100 days since my last bet.

I want to continue with the challenge.

I feel I've come so far from the annoying forum member that first joined the site and not intentionally upset others.

Every day becomes more clear to me what triggered my gambling.

1) Instant reward - Explains examples of panic cash outs.

2) Sense of belonging - Gambling gave me a sense of belonging after my temporary eight month internship (First sustained job) in London ended.  I was enjoying the routine of work for the first time and then it ended. While staying with my aunt and cousin in London, I became isolated in my room and was constantly on my laptop; hence the triangle of time, money and location. It literally gave me a 'stake' in society by betting on real life sporting events.  

It felt quite nice to realise that I had accumulated a few grand in a final salary scheme pension from eight months work in my first job at 24. So it would be good to see it rise gradually. Good to have money locked in a pension scheme, so it can't be sent to the bookies. At the height of my gambling addiction, I was tempted to cash it out at £200 which would have been blown on an accumulator. I also now try to enjoy my portable Sony DVD player. This come out of vouchers I choose for a staff award I gained in this job. Showed to me that money comes from work and I am quite proud of myself for this.

3) Punishment - One day I lost a five figure sum. I knew I would lose, but I just kept depositing more and more due to being unemployed and having low self-esteem. Losing money felt like a self-inflicted punishment to reinforce how bad I felt about myself. Frightening.

I only bet on football before, but will never bet again. I can't bet for fun. I see that there is no such thing as a so called 'dead cert.' Anything can happen on the day and gambling is not worth the risk.

The odds will always be stacked against me.

In my case, if I bet hundreds of pounds on a football accumulator, I'm unlikely to win thousands. If I bet thousands on a football single like I started in September 2015, I might win thousands, but the winning amount will be less than the stake anyway, but the next time I'll lose. I know all these, because they have happened to me when I bet and I've seen it happen when I have not bet, so the logical conclusion is to stick two fingers up to the bookies and not bet. 

I have never drank alcohol or taken substances, but now I have a bit of insight into how this happens to people.

I mentioned this on my recovery diary and listed a few solutions, which I have worked on to achieve.

I've now omitted these as I have finally landed a permanent marketing/communications job with what so far seems to be a very good private consultancy company.

It's quite humbling to think that I have had to deal with unemployment, gambling addiction, depression and surviving a suicide attempt in one year.

Next month, I'll be starting a new job. A year before that I was gambling eye watering amounts of money away.

How things change. 

Posted on:
Wed, 28/12/2016 - 19:01

Garyl1976

Joined:
2015-01-02

Day 1000 for me (feels quite good to write that....)

Thanks so much to Deano and Martin for running this challenge...I've taken a lot from it in the last 18 months or so hope you guys also benefit from it.

As a former admin, can I please ask that everyone does make the effort to check-in weekly? It' does become a little fiddly adding and removing members on a weekly basis.

 

My story is all too familiar....a progressive fall into compulsive gambling where nothing else mattered but the next bet. I lied, I stole and contemplated self-destruction as a way out. I'd built up horrendous debts and owed money to 14 payday lenders at the time of hitting rock bottom (on top of 5 credit cards, 2 loans, family debt and a huge overdraft). The financial pain was nothing compared to the emotional pain though - the inner hurt became too much and I attended a GA meeting. My life slowly improved and has continued to improve...some days better than others but improving nonetheless.

Here's to a brilliant, GF 2017.

Posted on:
Wed, 28/12/2016 - 22:30

Nico L

Joined:
2015-08-28

Nico L here, count me in... on day 12 at the minute but making sure that number increases 

Posted on:
Wed, 28/12/2016 - 23:29

Anon100

Joined:
2016-08-31

Hi, I'd really like to be included in the 2017 challenge and carry on along my journey of recovery with you all.  I'm currently on day 92 of being gf.  Online slots was my downfall, casinos and bookies have never interested me.  My gambling years totalled approx 5.5 years.  Here's to a brill gf 2017 and thank you both for doing this x 

Posted on:
Wed, 28/12/2016 - 23:39

triangle

Joined:
2014-03-14

I'd like to continue in the 2017 challenge.  I hope those who sign up commit to signing in weekly.  It doesn't take that long to do and it does help to support each other.

All the best SIR.  TRI

Posted on:
Thu, 29/12/2016 - 08:01

Mixer

Joined:
2016-12-03

Checking in. On Day 29, looking forward to joining you and supporting each other in 2017! Thanks Martin, Dean0, for taking this on.

Posted on:
Thu, 29/12/2016 - 11:31

leedso

Joined:
2010-02-27

Hi guys,

As my first venture off the Recovery Diaries board, I'd like to join in on this challenge if I may. New Year's Day will be 150 days gamble free for me, and I'll have a lot of changes coming in 2017 too. I've been trying to fight this from my rock bottom point about five or six years ago, and around 18 months gamble free is the most I've been during that period.

The routine of a slip for me is generally the same, I get tempted in by a £2 bet on the football, and end up spinning hours away on video poker. This will not happen again. Thank you all for the thread, and I look forward to a good 2017.

Posted on:
Thu, 29/12/2016 - 14:10

delboygolf

Joined:
2014-03-12

Hi all,
This is my 3rd challenge and I am checking in on day 1015.
Nearly 3 years ago I decided enough is enough. So if I can do it anybody can!
As a former golf professional it all started on the golf course, then casino's and then the dredded FOBT machines. I dread to think how much money I have wasted over the years but the last 3 years I have managed to get a bit of Money behind me and all from abstaining!
Good luck and best wishes for the 2017 challenge.
Steve.

Posted on:
Thu, 29/12/2016 - 14:53

onlyme

Joined:
2012-11-19

I'm in, currently at 292 days.

Online slots are my downfall and I used them for nearly 9yrs, looking forward to completing the whole of the 2017 challenge.  

Posted on:
Thu, 29/12/2016 - 16:12

Ojm

Joined:
2015-12-14

hi everyone, i would like to sign up to the challenge!

i am currently only 3 days gamble free.

ive been here before but never really wanted to quit as much as i do now. im 25 and have been gambling since 18 with the last couple of years being the worst. i usually use fobt but now have moved onto online blackjack. after having a few wins of around 1000 each i thought i could carry on winning, how wrong was i! i have now hit rock bottom again after being bailed out around 4 years ago. i have totalled every single penny i owe (not all gambing debt) to around 11500 i can afford to pay it off within a year as long as i stay gamble free.

yesterday i came clean to my gf of one year about what i had been doing after telling her i stopped when we met, she was very understanding and wants to help any way she can, she offered me money but i refused as i believe that wil not help me. i think i need to feel like i have suffered in order to realise how stupid and destroying this addiction is. as understanding as she was, she said she will not tolerate it again and if i was to gamble again i would lose her.

i am going to keep checking in and hope to have a gamble free 2017 and every year from now onwards!

 

Posted on:
Thu, 29/12/2016 - 16:43

delboygolf

Joined:
2014-03-12

Good for you OJM!

Posted on:
Thu, 29/12/2016 - 19:08

Casey

Joined:
2015-04-19

My first day of recovery was 19 April 2015, the day after I finally admitted that my life had become hell on earth due to playing the slots constantly for years. I gambled to escape, to try and block out all the bad stuff which was happening to the people I love. All I did was create a huge debt, which will take a decade to clear. Compulsive gambling is a progressive illness which turned me into a liar and a cheat and guess what, none of my problems went away, it's called life. With the help of this forum and weekly GA meetings I've managed 620 days clean. We will never be cured, but we can give ourselves the gift of recovery and start to live again, one day at a time. Let's make 2017 a good year which we can look back on with pride. Martin and Deano thank you so very much for volunteering to run the challenge, let's fight this together fellow soldiers xx

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Posted on:
Thu, 29/12/2016 - 19:33

Change

Joined:
2015-01-30

I'd like to join the challenge and hope to get through a whole calendar year gamble free...

Posted on:
Thu, 29/12/2016 - 20:41

fiddlesticks

Joined:
2016-01-28

Could I join please. Been GF for 25 days, was a binge gambler addicted to online slots, Ive tried stopping several times before and not sure what's different this time, I just know it feels different and  that I never want to go back to gambling in my life ever again!

Posted on:
Fri, 30/12/2016 - 12:58

T-Positive

Joined:
2016-12-30

Hi, I'd like to join the challenge. I've only just joined this forum today and I'm back at the start with 1 day gamble free, so a lot of you may think this challenge is very ambitious but I really feel like I can give it a good shot and succeed as things have got pretty bad financially due to gambling and I've been feeling pretty disgusted with myself recently so I'm determined to get it sorted. Hope that's alright!

 

As a bit of background, online slots are my massive downfall (I don't gamble in person, always online). It all started in my final year of uni where I was spending some of my student loan on online slots, ending up with no money before my next installment and using a couple of payday loans to see me through. I stopped for quite a while (about a year) but it all started up again about 1.5-2 years ago as I found I had a lot of spare cash (I started full-time employment and was still living rent-free with parents at the time). Things have sort of snowballed from there and now I'm in a lot of debt with credit cards, payday loans, some family and friends and one big overdraft, some of which needs to be paid of ASAP (i.e. overdraft and payday loans). Total debt is around £16000 at the moment. I'm only 23 so having this amount of debt makes me feel really bad, but looking at it positively, I'm still quite young so looking at clearing it whilst I'm still young before saving for a house, etc.

 

This past month has been a nightmare which is why I really think I have the willpower to get this addiction under control because I simply can't afford it - my bank basically wanted all my overdraft back immediately (£4000+) which I don't have and don't have access to, so I'm in a pretty stressful situation now! I need to contact them soon to discuss a repayment arrangement which hopefully they'll accept. 

 

I look forward to checking in at least once a week, hopefully seeing my GF debt day number rising and rising and my debt reducing and reducing. I guess I'm hoping I can use this forum so I feel accountable to something/a group of people. I've read some pretty inspirational stories on here so I'm feeling optimistic at the moment - bring it on!  

Posted on:
Fri, 30/12/2016 - 13:20

Guestuser9

Joined:
Before 2009

All are more than welcome to join
First update will be Monday the 2nd Jan
Best wishes

Posted on:
Fri, 30/12/2016 - 15:12

Garyl1976

Joined:
2015-01-02

Everyone starts on a Day1....one day at a time; life will improve.

Just try not get impatient and rush.

Great to see so many people joining up 

Posted on:
Fri, 30/12/2016 - 19:56

adam123

Joined:
2015-06-09

Hi I would like to join. Ive been on here a year now with mixed results. Ive dramatically improved with blocking online and bookies but recently been to casinos, gambled in pubs and regretted it at the end of each month . I gambled last night so today is day one. I have really spent a lot of money on real life poker over the past year and do I get socially. I have friends who do it socially and It is going to be difficult at first to find new hobbies. But a dramatic change is needed and I believe I can do it in 2017. Heres to a successful life changing year.

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Fri, 30/12/2016 - 20:11

RA_1990

Joined:
2016-02-14

Thanks to the the guys taking this forward for 2017, and thanks to Gary for doing the 2016 challange. I don't spend as much time on the forum as i would like to, but i always try and make sure i check in here every week, and can see how all the others are doing, so im glad this will be rolling over into the new year.

I'm checking in at day 101. Brief background: Been a sports gambler online for nearly 10 years now. Last year it got to the stage where i was in debt as a result of gambling and i knew then i had to stop. I have had 3 relapes in 2016, but now it's time to really kick on and give up this horrible addiction for good, and this is the longest i have gone without a bet in 10 years which is crazy! 

Welcome to all the new guys joining the challenge and here is to a gamble free 2017!

 

RA

 

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Fri, 30/12/2016 - 20:23

markie_b

Joined:
2016-12-27

Id love to join this group I like the group thang lol 

Im 37 and gambled since I was 4

A little insight to my gambling history okay ive been gambling since I was about 4! I always used my own money I began working at 4 for my dad I would go door knocking around the village selling fish and shellfish we had caught on a saturday and sunday and split the sales.my dad was an alcoholic and spend his spare time boat fishing or drinking so I was always in the pubs with him and his freinds and putting my earnt change into the fruit machines whilst standing on a chair with him.

I worked in pubs and entertainment venues as I grew older worked as pot boy clearing tables ect wages went into fruit machines.moved onto proper jobs put my wages into village pub £120 chasing the £25 jackpot lol such a sucker.

Started this job im in now never going to the bookies before hey all began going at morning break then afternoon break then after work and I just followed suit joined the easy money started off no more then 10 then 20 and just progressed.last year I found online live casinos and wow the bets were higher and winnings even more so.my first online bet was 20 and was given 20 and won 4500 but had to spin it all 200 times lol what a con never accpted a special offer again so winnings were just that!

My main vice is roulette doing systems to using prediction bots and own systems.its worked pretty well but enough is enough I cant keep this up its not sustainable to keep living the way we are!

Im here im 6 days clear and wanna kick my butt into gear :-) 

Posted on:
Fri, 30/12/2016 - 23:29

witsend2301

Joined:
2016-10-23

am going to try real hard in the new year to stop this spiral.  day 1

Posted on:
Sat, 31/12/2016 - 10:51

Westsider

Joined:
2012-05-23

Hi All

I'm westsider i'm a compulsive gambler.

I haven't used the forum for a while and have been lucky enough to have a couple of years gamble free. A couple of months ago got my car locked in a multistory car park and there was a casino near by. I decided to gamble again to win a taxi fare home. I won and since then I've been dancing with the devil, things have escalated dramatically and if it wasn't for some crazy luck I'd be in an even worse situation than I am now. Yesterday I lost big, it's been coming for a while and I'm hurting. I can't believe how easily I forgot all the dark days of the past. On this lastest run I was happy because I was up but, I forgot the 1000s of pounds I just threw away when I was younger.

I can never be a winner when i'm gambling, because I can't stop.

I'm determinded to have a gamble free 2017 and a gamble free future.

All the best to everyone

Westsider

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Sat, 31/12/2016 - 11:35

Mixer

Joined:
2016-12-03

Hi Oldham, I'm pushing for as many people to join the excellent 2017 challenge from the We CAN and We WILL thread; having these challenges run in parallel helps improve all our chances and here's to a GF year ahead :) All the best, Mixer

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Sat, 31/12/2016 - 12:54

Dannyp

Joined:
2016-11-16

Count me in. Currently on day 46 and feeling much better for it. My fix was betting on the football, problem was I would bet on any game going, some games I never even knew the leagues. It started with little bets, little accumulators and went on from there. Over a number of years  debts grew and i didn't know what to do, I hid it all from my wife and hit the lowest point of my life. At the time I reached out to my uncle for help, and help he did. He paid off some of my debts and I stopped gambling. A few months back I hit a low point of my life with money and turned to gambling as a fix, obviously this never worked and I found myself deeper in trouble. The strains of the gambling and debts caused trouble at home and me and my wife were on the verge of splitting, it got so bad that I had to tell her. I opened up to her and the rest is history, my diary explains it better but basically here I am, 46 days without a bet and still with my wife. My relationship with my wife and children is slowly repairing and this in turn has given me a big drive to remain gamble free and I will. My debt amounts are embarrassing but hopefully soon I can begin a long process of paying them off, I only wish I'd reached out to my wife a long time ago. i'm hoping 2017 with be my/our year, as long as I can remain in work then this time next year I will be in a much better position.

Happy new year to you all, here's to a happy GF 2017. :-)

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Sat, 31/12/2016 - 14:29

donas1979

Joined:
Before 2009

I wanted to join last year's challenge but I never go round to it...please count me in. This is day one for me and I am looking to see this number increase as well as my quality of life...My background is in found gambling on 2012 and stopped and started many times...my weakness is online sports betting and sport anytime and it cost me many sleepless days and nights and being anti social is one thing I really hate about thid addiction....Bring on 2017 the year of hope

Posted on:
Sat, 31/12/2016 - 14:44

Liaison

Joined:
2015-07-25

I would like to join please, new year, new start. 

Posted on:
Sat, 31/12/2016 - 18:17

HappyHenry

Joined:
2016-12-31

Its my first day on here and its now day 7 without a bet (probably because I'm skint). However after 20 years of self harm in a bookies and online I just have to wake up and get my life back on track. After so much damage and countless failed attempts things won't be easy. I usually blow a weeks or a months wages in a day and then vow never to gamble again, at the time I mean it, however payday comes again and the urges come back and I can't help myself. Pretty much for 20 years I have blown every penny I've earnt on payday in a bookies on the horses or online on horses, football, virtual racing etc..... I will go into a bookies at lunchtime and stay till I've lost every penny or untill 9.30 when they close, if I last that long I will be back the next day and finish the job. 20 years of being skint, 20 years of pain, lies, cheating, hurting those close to me and driving people away from me. My life is empty, I'm skint and I need to stop doing this to myself.

All I have left is my family and they are great, I need to do this for myself and more importantly for them. After 20 years of failiure its hard to believe I could go a month without a bet, let along a year. However this is something new and maybe it can help me. So I'm in I want to complete this challenge, and my word if I did it would turn my life around.

Please let me join the challenge!

Posted on:
Sat, 31/12/2016 - 18:18

sodawater45

Joined:
2015-11-25

I'd like to join. I'm on day 8 and need 2017 to be a better year.

Posted on:
Sat, 31/12/2016 - 20:01

Rhoda

Joined:
2016-12-06

May I join too please....day 26 almost done...looking forward to 2017.

 

Posted on:
Sat, 31/12/2016 - 22:49

SuzyLemon

Joined:
2014-06-28

Hi, I would like to join the 2017 challenge. I am back to Day one after a bad 2016. Suzy

Posted on:
Sun, 01/01/2017 - 00:03

johnlostmydo

Joined:
2014-05-18

Checking in day 71. Happy gamble free new year people.

Posted on:
Sun, 01/01/2017 - 00:35

Guestuser9

Joined:
Before 2009

The challenge begins.
Happy new year to all on the challenge.
Welcome to returning members
And new members.
Before Monday's update.
We have a group collective of almost 18 years 8 months bet free. Impressive
All the best to everyone for the forth coming 365 days
Deano

Posted on:
Sun, 01/01/2017 - 00:57

Moorey631986

Joined:
2016-09-08

Hi, I'd like to join your challenge too. 

I've been gambling now for 12 years or so and now is the time for me to say enough is enough!

I need the challenge! 

2016 was an awful year for me.

2017 will be my year!

Posted on:
Sun, 01/01/2017 - 01:43

Batman22

Joined:
2015-02-28

Day 19 and not looking back

Has gambling made my life better in any way, shape or form................ simply No

Posted on:
Sun, 01/01/2017 - 09:33

Samson

Joined:
2016-05-08

Happy New Year to all 2017 challenge members.

Day 112 gamble free.

Posted on:
Sun, 01/01/2017 - 10:52

donas1979

Joined:
Before 2009

One day at a time ..small steps..day 2 ...Good morning and Happy New Year

Posted on:
Sun, 01/01/2017 - 11:15

Oldhamktf

Joined:
2015-09-26

I was talking to one of my mates and thought this might be a useful tool to run along side the challenge. 

I'm going to start it today all I have to do is on the 1st put 1 penny in a jar on the 2nd 2p and so on so on NYE next year you would put £3.65 in the jar. If you make if that far you will have over £650 saved up. 

Posted on:
Sun, 01/01/2017 - 11:52

S_J_B

Joined:
2013-05-25

Hello everyone & Happy New year to you all ☺
Thanks to Dean0 and Martin for organising this thread.

I would like to join this challenge if i may please as i really want to put the past behind and every little tool in recovery will aid me going forwards.

A little background story.
Active gambler for over a year. My poison was/is online slots however i took myself to some places and casinos too. Realised i am falling very low in 2013. Found this site and gave it a go ☺..one of the good choices in my life! ;-)
Had two sets of counselling, self exclusions, one GA meeting,...& countless slips in the last three years. My journey is ongoing, i have many more deep rooted issues i need to address...

I am here to give my all and reach for a better life.

My last gamble on slots was 21st June 2016.

Let's do this soldiers, let's claim our lives back

One day at a time

S x

Posted on:
Sun, 01/01/2017 - 13:41

markie_b

Joined:
2016-12-27

Oldhamktf wrote:

I was talking to one of my mates and thought this might be a useful tool to run along side the challenge. 

I'm going to start it today all I have to do is on the 1st put 1 penny in a jar on the 2nd 2p and so on so on NYE next year you would put £3.65 in the jar. If you make if that far you will have over £650 saved up. 

thats similar to what im going to be doing only on a weekly basis and with £1-£52 once ive cleared things il work from £52 down and when I can afford extra it will be the larger numbers so by xmas it should be a massive winfall in the account for xmas 

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