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The Christmas Challenge

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#1 Posted on:
Sun, 13/10/2013 - 13:40

Neveragain121016

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2011-10-04

Hello there, I have decided to run another challenge thread, the last one went well and I feel helped those involved and gave us all another tool in this battle against our addiction. Threads for me add a bit of focus and are a weekly reminder of why im stopping and also if you've got a bit of a competive streak in you like myself you might want to finish it just for that reason alone.

So i've basically just copied and pasted the opening message of the last thread as i think the whole thing worked pretty well, if anyone has any suggestions and would like to change, add or take away something just post away and im sure we can sort something out.

The thread/challenge will last for 3 months/92 days starting Friday 1st Novemember and ending on Friday 31st January. I have chosen these dates as christmas can be a challenge for us gamblers, so much money spent the temptation is there to try and win some of it back. I originally thought of running it just for 2 months and finishing it new years eve which is a damn good finishing date but I know myself January is one long month, the madness of christmas is slowing down and the reality of all that expense can put alot of pressure on our heads so having the thread last to the end of January can hopefully aid in keeping our will power strong during a tough month and of course it'll be a great way to start the year with the first month gamble free. And i must say a nice little coincedence that the dates both start and finish on a friday, thats handy.

The thread is open to all wether its your day 1 or day 1000. New users can get off to that perfect start, people who have been here a little while can help consolidate what they have already achieved and the long time legends of the forum can use this as a way of keeping they're focus.

Im not gonna be to strict with anyone, I will keep the registration open for the entire thread as even if you start a month in, completing 60 days is still a massive achievement. Also i wont remove any names unless asked to do so as i dont wont to discourage anyone, if you do slip and wish to continue i can add your new start date in brackets (same as if you start the thread late). Also what I did last time is for people not checking in but still gamble free I just moved them to a second list as you want to have that need to keep checking in otherwise theres not much point in the thread.

There will be a check in every friday where you can state your gamble free for another week, first check in being Friday 1st November and the final one being Friday 31st January. Although if fridays doesnt suit just say and we can change the check in date or each have a different check in day, aslong as your checking in each week then you'll be helping yourself and others move closer to that 90 day target.

As you can tell im keeping it quite relaxed as i feel aslong as were all moving towards the same goal its not neccessary to have to many "rules". Its all about helping yourself get free of this addiction and with that you'll be helping others which again helps yourselves.

Right I think thats enough of my ramblings, if you do wish to sign up just reply to this thread and i will add your name to the list below. If you have any questions or suggestions post away either here or i do have my own diary also.

Good luck to everyone, it'll be a pleasure to have you on board and I cant wait to start this journey.

Posted on:
Sun, 13/10/2013 - 13:42

Neveragain121016

Joined:
2011-10-04

Those stepping up and gonna fly through the christmas challenge are.......

Sandra1
Delboy79
irene
hanzsolo
Robby box
paulds
ricky25
No more
Redeemed
Flagg
MichaelS
lia
SA
FEB2013
maybe

Charlottex
a new dawn
julie2003
Dark Place (15/11/13)
Last Chance
ron81 (22/11/13)
rex2408 (20/11/13)
tess99
pinksparkle
castle2
D123
The Bear
Angel1985
Strange
Jillfe
Dragonfly
Tomso
pat
SillyPaul
Brand New Me
DIGGLESNAN
Diggoryboy
kooler

Posted on:
Sun, 13/10/2013 - 14:18

feetforward

Joined:
2012-05-06

Me. It's been a tough old year and a bit nails-down-the-blackboard for me at the moment; just got to tough it out and then things will get better. This will be a good focus for me.

Thanks for this, Dave.

Posted on:
Sun, 13/10/2013 - 15:19

Neveragain121016

Joined:
2011-10-04

Awesome to have you feetfoward. I hope this can be the added focus you need.

Posted on:
Sun, 13/10/2013 - 15:59

S_J_B

Joined:
2013-05-25

Hey...sheepish Sandra here...:-) i will do it this time!!! Thanx Dave, and i would lke you to put my name down for this great tread...bring it on! ;-)

Sandra x

Posted on:
Sun, 13/10/2013 - 17:09

Del79

Joined:
2013-08-13

Hi Dave,

I would like to put my name forward, your so right at this time of year it can be very tempting.

Del ;)

Posted on:
Sun, 13/10/2013 - 19:48

Tomso

Joined:
2012-02-26

Dave,
Count me in. I failed miserably last time but hope to complete the challenge this time around.

Tomso.

Posted on:
Sun, 13/10/2013 - 20:30

irene

Joined:
2012-11-12

Hi Dave
Can I be included please? Last one really helped!
Take care
Irene
x

Posted on:
Sun, 13/10/2013 - 20:43

levi_

Joined:
2013-10-13

Me! Just what I need (:

Posted on:
Sun, 13/10/2013 - 20:57

hanzsolo

Joined:
2013-09-01

Will give this a go and work through to 2014! Count me in! I'm currently 6 weeks into my recovery. Started on 1st Sept so Jan will be 4 months

Building a much better life now...why would I ever gamble again! I have taken up Golf...and my addictive personally has turned me to that...what a great sport! Seen as an expensive hobby.... Nothing on gambling!

Onwards and upwards.
Hanz.

Posted on:
Mon, 14/10/2013 - 00:12

FEB 2013

Joined:
2013-02-01

Me too please Dave and thank you for organising this on our behalf.

Take care.

Feb.

Posted on:
Mon, 14/10/2013 - 04:54

castle2

Joined:
2012-01-30

Def in xmas always a tought time of the year

Castle2

Posted on:
Mon, 14/10/2013 - 07:46

pat

Joined:
2011-09-09

Dave, please add me to the list.

Posted on:
Mon, 14/10/2013 - 08:23

Robby box

Joined:
2013-10-13

Please add me to the list Dave,back to day 1 and like the idea of a focus.thanks

Posted on:
Mon, 14/10/2013 - 09:10

Neveragain121016

Joined:
2011-10-04

Wow what a great response. Thank you all for your support and I hope that this thread can help us all get to we're all heading - as far away from gambling as possible!!

Posted on:
Mon, 14/10/2013 - 09:26

D123

Joined:
2012-12-05

Count me in please Dave.
Should see me past my 12 months in December
Cheers
D123

Posted on:
Mon, 14/10/2013 - 09:29

The bear

Joined:
2012-11-19

Yes please :) will take any additional help

The bear

Posted on:
Tue, 15/10/2013 - 18:25

pinksparkle

Joined:
2010-02-14

Count me in!!!

Posted on:
Wed, 16/10/2013 - 09:38

paulds

Joined:
2012-01-13

Count me in too! The last thread was a massive help for me and I really want to get through this one.

Keep up the good work and the good fight, together we can do this.

Paulds

Posted on:
Wed, 16/10/2013 - 09:53

duncanmac

Joined:
2012-01-26

Dave fella it was an honour to see the last thread through and I wish you all the very best, each and every one of you taking part and hope it unites you all in continuing to make a choice that is right for you.
Myself I will not be included in this thread, I plan on completing the thread started with flagg which will see a gamble free 2013 and on january 23rd I hope to celebrate two years gamble free.
But as I am not commiting myself to a schedule on the forum it's best not to join this thread.
Again great job Dave, and best wishes to all who partake.
duncs stepping forward never back.

Posted on:
Wed, 16/10/2013 - 10:52

Ricky25

Joined:
2009-08-23

Hiya Dave,

Count me in please mate the last one helped me to keep coming back to this site and keep on track I hope to carry on being gamble free into next year and so on :) Thanks for making another thread will be in touch

Ricky :)

Posted on:
Wed, 16/10/2013 - 19:32

Neveragain121016

Joined:
2011-10-04

Thank you all for signing up the respose has been great and it will be a pleasure doing this thread with you all. I am trying to get round to all your diaries but Ive had a busy week and got a bit of man flu aswell but i will catch up with you all soon enough. Take care and roll on the first check in.

Posted on:
Tue, 22/10/2013 - 08:53

Neveragain121016

Joined:
2011-10-04

Bump

Posted on:
Thu, 24/10/2013 - 12:21

Neveragain121016

Joined:
2011-10-04

One week till start date. Just bumping this back up to page one for anyone else that feels a weekly check in would help just post a reply to this message and I'll sign you up.

Posted on:
Thu, 24/10/2013 - 13:20

No more

Joined:
2011-06-30

Hi Dave,

I think this is a great idea. Please count me in.

Best wishes

Dave

PS Great name. :)

Posted on:
Thu, 24/10/2013 - 17:20

Charlottex

Joined:
2011-12-10

Hi Dave,

Pls can I join?

And a huge thank u 4 setting this up and keeping us focused xx

Posted on:
Thu, 24/10/2013 - 20:31

FEB 2013

Joined:
2013-02-01

Sorry im late Dave but still gamble free!!

Feb.

Posted on:
Thu, 24/10/2013 - 21:23

Strange

Joined:
2013-10-18

Count me in

Posted on:
Thu, 24/10/2013 - 21:27

Carla

Joined:
Before 2009

I'm finally ready. Count me in please. And thanks for doing this.

Posted on:
Thu, 24/10/2013 - 21:33

hanzsolo

Joined:
2013-09-01

Really looking forward to this challenge with everyone. Will be a really challenging time for myself over Christmas. A bit of time off work at some point, time and money expenses

Posted on:
Thu, 24/10/2013 - 22:43

Redeemed

Joined:
2013-09-22

Me too, please. One month free already, so a weekly login would be great and good luck all x

Posted on:
Fri, 25/10/2013 - 07:32

tess99

Joined:
2011-12-06

I'm on board Dave.

It'll be good to have an extra boost over Xmas. Thanks for takin the time to organise it.

T

Posted on:
Fri, 25/10/2013 - 07:52

castle2

Joined:
2012-01-30

Hiya Dave

Wow this thread is goin to be a bigger success than the last one, what a wonderful thing it is to help so many others esp when u didn't av to

Castle2

Posted on:
Fri, 25/10/2013 - 09:56

kooler

Joined:
2013-02-13

Put my name down for it.what a great idea

Posted on:
Fri, 25/10/2013 - 10:27

Dragonfly

Joined:
2012-12-18

Some sneaky voice at the back of my brain telling me not to join the thread this time as I actually want to gamble without having to confess on here - so I need to do the exact opposite and add my name immediately.
Fighting gloves on and wishing strength to everyone.
xxx

Posted on:
Fri, 25/10/2013 - 11:48

DIGGLESNAN

Joined:
2013-10-24

second day on here first day of not gambling great idea for us all to be encouraged to achieve and reach our goal today and every day from now on add me to list please

Posted on:
Fri, 25/10/2013 - 12:00

Diggoryboy

Joined:
2011-09-13

Thanks for the idea Dave. I would like to join and be a part of this team effort. At the end I will be well over my first gamble free year for more than 25 years. DB

Posted on:
Fri, 25/10/2013 - 21:00

No more

Joined:
2011-06-30

Hi Dave,

Thanks very much for your message and for adding me to the list. Enjoy your weekend.

Best wishes

Dave

Posted on:
Sat, 26/10/2013 - 14:57

Neveragain121016

Joined:
2011-10-04

Damn!! What a response. Thank you all for joining. I look forward to walking this path with you all and ending this year gamble free and starting the next on the right foot. I really wanna have a year of peace and pride, pride in myself, not losing money, not losing anymore self respect, not lying to my wife. This thread i hope can give me that and give you all an extra tool in your fight aginst this addiction. See you all at the first check in!

Posted on:
Tue, 29/10/2013 - 11:38

Neveragain121016

Joined:
2011-10-04

Bump back up. Not long now - Friday is day one and the first check in. See you all then - bring it on!

Posted on:
Tue, 29/10/2013 - 17:48

Flagg

Joined:
2012-04-10

Evening Dave,

Throwing my name into the pot if that's ok. January has been very tough for me in the past so a focus thread is ideal to keep me moving forward.

Flagg

Posted on:
Thu, 31/10/2013 - 11:26

Neveragain121016

Joined:
2011-10-04

Great to have so many people signing up and I hope this can be something that can start you in the right direction or if your already going down that road let this keep you on that path. Best wishes to all and I can't wait to be celebrating with you all at the end of January.

Tomorrow is the first check in and although I think I have added everyone's name to page one if I have missed anyone my apologies and just let me know and I'll sort that out asap.

See you tomorrow.

Posted on:
Thu, 31/10/2013 - 14:09

Frozen

Joined:
2010-11-22

Hi Dave I am just back have not gambled since Oct 3rd

Michael

Posted on:
Thu, 31/10/2013 - 14:11

a new dawn

Joined:
2010-10-26

i am in. gotta do something bout me messing my life up

Posted on:
Thu, 31/10/2013 - 15:06

rex2408

Joined:
2013-10-21

Please count me in too Dave!

Great thread and thanks for your efforts in creating this challenge!

Ste

Posted on:
Thu, 31/10/2013 - 15:11

Angel1985

Joined:
2013-10-24

Hi, count me in please, I'm only on day 3 but going to do it this time so this will give me a good start :)

Posted on:
Thu, 31/10/2013 - 17:45

lia

Joined:
2013-10-29

I'm up for this. Will do anything to help me and keep me focussed. This is day 2 for me at the moment. So early days!

Posted on:
Fri, 01/11/2013 - 00:22

Neveragain121016

Joined:
2011-10-04

Hello all. Very happy to be checking in, the first check in. I'm doing it now as I have such a busy day tomorrow I don't wanna risk missing the first check in. I'm stunned at the response to the thread and I really think this could be a massive success I wish you all the best for this journey and hope in three months time we are all celebrating and congratulating ourselves on the perfect start to the new year. Stay strong everyone. One day at a time. We will get there.

Posted on:
Fri, 01/11/2013 - 00:36

FEB 2013

Joined:
2013-02-01

Hey Dave

Busy day ahead for me too so checking in nice and early and already feeling less stressed about Christmas than I was last year! That's got to he a good thing!!

Take care.

Feb.

Posted on:
Fri, 01/11/2013 - 06:02

hanzsolo

Joined:
2013-09-01

MORNINGGGGG,

Hanzsolo checking in for the first time.

Onwards and upwards!

Hanz

Posted on:
Fri, 01/11/2013 - 06:37

irene

Joined:
2012-11-12

Good morning
Checking in gamble free.
Take care
Irene
x

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