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Posted on:
Thu, 05/04/2018 - 11:41

Stephen the Stoic

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2017-05-10

Thank you for the posts on my diary which are greatly appreciated. It is 36 days since I last gambled and the support of gamcare friends has been a tremendous help.

Back home after my Easter holiday visiting relatives. I had a great time and no gambling though I sat through a football match on telly on which my nephews and one of their sons had placed a bet on their team. I was pleased to see their bets win but cautioned the younger one (18) about the danger of gambling getting out of control. 

I am returning bank card to friend when I see her on Sunday and repaying the money she lent me last month. In the meantime I will browse the diaries and attend GA tomorrow night. I don't feel threatened but am constantly aware of the danger which is forever lurking in the background.

Posted on:
Sat, 07/04/2018 - 08:13

sjw

Joined:
2017-10-27

Hello Stephen,

Been a while since i posted here. Glad you had a good time with the family. Had a busy week myself and today is my sisters birthday. Im helping my mum move closer (from 30miles away to a 2 minute walk!) on Monday.

Have a good weekend mate.

All the best.

Posted on:
Sat, 07/04/2018 - 22:44

Stephen the Stoic

Joined:
2017-05-10

Thank you for posting my diary sjwsjw, as always the support is greatly appreciated. Very impressed with your gamble free progress and also your positive approach to life in general.

Hope everyone had fun celebrating your sisters birthday (that is enjoying life in a good way) and wishing you well as you help your mother to move house on  Monday. Your heart is obviously in the right place and I hope you find the happiness which you rightly deserve.

Hello Diary. Everything ship-shape and bristol fashion as I cruise towards 39 days gamble free.

Yesterday I signed up for a funeral plan with the Cooperative. Not fair that others should have to pay for my journey to the other side. Enjoyed a gamblers anonymous meeting last night. Went for a swim today and pottered around, did a bit of shopping.

No urges to gamble. Tomorrow I will repay most of the money I loaned off my friend and give her back my bank card for safe keeping. 

I have my thoughts firmly fixed on a gamble free year and I fully intend to live up to it. I will be following in the footsteps of good friends who have blazed a trail and shown that recovery is there for the taking.

 

Posted on:
Sun, 08/04/2018 - 22:03

Little miss lost

Joined:
2016-05-24

Now then Stephen the laureate!
Sat there with your feather in your hat and quill in hand.
I think you summed my day up quite nicely thank you!
The days are ticking by nicely for you. Loving the optimism, I have every faith in you to succeed!
All good wishes x

Posted on:
Mon, 09/04/2018 - 00:53

Stephen the Stoic

Joined:
2017-05-10

Thank you Little Miss Meritorious. Your posts are always a pleasure to read. They show you are well informed with good insight. Your gentleness and compassion brings warmth, understanding and humour to the diaries.

Hello Diary. I am feeling on top of the world because I just moseyed in to 40 Days Gamble Free ~ Yihaaaa.

My bank card is back with my friend for safe keeping. I have deposited on my Asda gift card for groceries and I have sufficient cash for a bit of socialising etc. Every weekend I will get sufficient for the following week. It is very sad in a way because I am 67 years old and have to be given pocket money each week. However, the alternative is far sadder than that.

Good news is I am on a mission.

Firmly entrenched on the gamble free highway and forging ahead with my fellow travellers.

Up ahead the gamcare mountain rises up to the sky and I am relishing the climb.

Posted on:
Mon, 09/04/2018 - 15:38

Ineffable

Joined:
2015-02-21

Stephen, thank you for the kind and generous post in my diary - as I mentioned it is the start of a new chapter for me but it is going to be difficult but the rewards are worth the effort - I want my reality to match a realistic and compelling vision of myself or I will always be at odds with myself.  That is my focus for the next 100.  

Posted on:
Mon, 09/04/2018 - 16:30

Christer1

Joined:
2016-02-29

Well done you. i like what your doing whith your bank card sounds a good way keep up the good work

Posted on:
Mon, 09/04/2018 - 20:27

Bamb84

Joined:
2018-02-13

Hi stephen thank you as always for your support it does feel wonderful to just be boring and normal and not be stressed out worrying about money . Dont get me wrong still have my debts but can now afford to pay them as long as i dont gamble . Well done to you 40 days gf keep doing what your doing and dont turn back . Take care Bambi x

Posted on:
Mon, 09/04/2018 - 21:14

Sharon41

Joined:
2017-03-16

Hi Stephen, it's not sad what you're doing with your bank card, it's peace of mind for you with a sprinkle of damage control. Just shows you're doing everything to stay GF, and who care what it takes?  I agree with Bamb, everyday normality is great not living on the edge. Super proud of you on 40 days Sx

Posted on:
Mon, 09/04/2018 - 21:45

chartom3

Joined:
2015-03-11

Well done on reaching 40 days gamble free Stephen, good to see you in a positive frame of mind and up for the fight .... you know the drill and you have set a good foundation for yourself to build a better future, there will be hard times ahead  but  the added measures you have in place and the support of your gamcare friends will see you in good stead ... keep up the good work you are doing great. 

Posted on:
Tue, 10/04/2018 - 00:00

Emptyp2

Joined:
2018-03-11

 Just dropped by to say thank you for being you. 

p.s congrats on the GF days! 

p.p.s We got this in the bag :-) softly, softly catchee monkey 

 

 

Posted on:
Tue, 10/04/2018 - 23:58

Stephen the Stoic

Joined:
2017-05-10

Thank you for the posts on my diary which are greatly appreciated.

Almost six weeks since my last bet and no great urges to gamble.

Went swimming this afternoon and salsa dancing tonight. Life's a breeze really, being retired means every day is a holiday. I would have been having a right jolly old time were it not for the gambling. 

Posted on:
Fri, 13/04/2018 - 11:57

Stephen the Stoic

Joined:
2017-05-10

Hello Diary. 44 days since my last bet. 

Feeling a bit disgruntled because it is 11 months since I joined the diaries but I was foolish and returned to gambling a few times.

I see I am not alone in having setbacks even after good periods of abstinence but it's stupid. After 50 or a hundred days the hard work is done and there is usually light at the end if the tunnel. 

I have been getting thoughts of gambling but fortunately my friend is holding on to my bank card and giving me pocket money. She has been very supportive and I will not betray that trust and friendship.

This afternoon I am visiting a friend in hospital, afterwards I will go for a swim, than tonight I will be heading off to the GA meeting. 

Friends on the diaries have battled on with courage and have achieved long periods of abstinence. I try to use that as my inspiration and picture them up ahead showing me the way. 

Stephen - on a mission and ready to rock n roll. (Well most of the time anyway).

Posted on:
Sat, 14/04/2018 - 22:29

Stephen the Stoic

Joined:
2017-05-10

Hello Diary. Quiet night on my sofa chilling out. A bit annoyed with myself as I just pigged out on sweet stuff, biscuits and cakes sort of ganged up on me so I ate them.

45 days on the gamble free highway. No problems and reasonably content. 

Posted on:
Sun, 15/04/2018 - 11:26

chartom3

Joined:
2015-03-11

Hi Stephen ..... thank for your kind post on my diary, not doubt i would not currenty still be gamble free without the the support of gamcare friends like yourself ... wow 46 days gf today that time has really went in quickly and just goes to show how fast our gf days can rack up when we keep making the right choices, i know like myself you have fell of the wagon a few times in the past but really good to see you do something different this time in giving your friend your bankcard for safe keeping which seems to be working which is great, i believe you have gone around 6 months without a bet in the past so you know you are more than capable of abstaining.There will be hard days ahead but because of past experinces we are better equiped to deal with them and gradually the good days will outnumber the bad ones.Have a good Sunday and i look forward to following your journey .....ps nothing wrong with pigging out on sweet stuff every now and again :)

Posted on:
Sun, 15/04/2018 - 22:16

sjw

Joined:
2017-10-27

Hello Stephen,

Thanks for posting on my diary, sorry i've not had the chance to reply/supports others the last couple of weeks. Really busy but for good reasons. Lots of change in my life happened/happening. Hope you have a good weekend, well done for giving the card back. Piece of mind is priceless.

All the best.

Posted on:
Tue, 17/04/2018 - 07:52

Stephen the Stoic

Joined:
2017-05-10

Thank you for the posts on my diary, which are greatly appreciated. Good to see you both progressing well on your gamble free journeys. 

chartom ~129 days GF. As you rightly point out,  we are, through experience,  better equipped to deal with the challenges we will face and as we move further away from the last bet we will gain in confidence.

sjw ~ 203 days GF. Moving steadily forward with a good mindset. You show positive intent, are willing to embrace change and seem determined to free yourself from the insidious gambling addiction.

Hello Diary. 48 days since I last had a bet. No intention of gambling. The thoughts do enter my head but I don't feel unduly threatened. My goal is to achieve one complete year gamble free and I will take it from there. Every gamble free day is another step in the right direction.

After breakfast going for a stroll to the pier/marina and a nostalgic nosey around the Maritime Museum. In the gym later for a swim and Salsa dancing tonight. 

On a mission to remain gamble free. Shoulder to shoulder with my friends and fellow gamcare adventurers. Ready to go forward and do what has to be done. 

 

 

Posted on:
Wed, 18/04/2018 - 11:34

Matt 24

Joined:
2012-04-25

Hi Stephen,

Been a while but thought I would pop by your diary and I am pleased to see you are nearly at the half century gamble free. You don't need me to tell you well done but keep going mate, your doing good. Keep going forward and reap the rewards.

Matt

Posted on:
Wed, 18/04/2018 - 15:08

Mixer

Joined:
2016-12-03

Hi Stephen,

I've noticed - as you are well aware - that you are one day from hitting the magic 50 days gambling free! I know you've been here before and I know you keep it honest and real, for which I have the fullest of respect to you. Your inherent good nature and personality are what draws so many to your diary; we care about you, Stephen in the same way you so evidently care about us.

We're with you, Stephen. Not only because of this journey, a better path for you, and us all. But also because we're friends :)

Mixer

Posted on:
Wed, 18/04/2018 - 16:33

Christer1

Joined:
2016-02-29

Thankyou for your post im glad your nearing the 50 mark keep it going. My daughter moved hospitals last week as she needed a better one for the care she needs. She still refusing to eat so hopefully they will get her to somehow the new hosp

Posted on:
Thu, 19/04/2018 - 02:01

Stephen the Stoic

Joined:
2017-05-10

Thank you for the posts on my diary which are very much appreciated.

Matt.. 563 days since your last bet. It is heartwarming to see your quality of life improving. Your recovery is in itself an inspiration and sends out a positive message - "By not gambling our lives can be so much better."

Mixer...251 days since your last bet and you have remained positive, focussed and resilient. I greatly appreciate the encouragement and support you have given me plus all the effort you put into running the Guru Challenge.for your fellow travellers. I am on a mission to gain Guru status of 300 days gamble free and will do my utmost to achieve that goal.

Christer..Good to see you 18 days into your recovery. Prior to that little setback you had a lengthy period without gambling and you have shown courage and commitment whilst coping with personal issues. When life is sad than we can easily be drawn back into gambling and than everything just gets even worse. You have shown a lot of strength in saying no to the addiction.

Hello Diary...50 days since my last bet. That stupid episode on the 28th February when my monthly works pension went in the bank and I drew it all out and gave it to the bookies. Well they're not getting any more because i'm on a mission and determined to travel the gamble-free highway all the way up the GamCare mountain.

Posted on:
Thu, 19/04/2018 - 12:52

Sharon41

Joined:
2017-03-16

Hi Stephen hope you are enjoying this beautiful day and celebrating ticking off 50 days. Am continuing to be in awe of your kindness, enthusiasm and determination S x 

Posted on:
Thu, 19/04/2018 - 12:57

chartom3

Joined:
2015-03-11

Hi Stephen..... congrats on reaching the half century of gamble free days a good strong foundation on which to build a better future, keep up the good work your doing great.

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