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Posted on:
Wed, 13/09/2017 - 15:21

Mixer

Joined:
2016-12-03

Hey Sars,

Just because you've hit 100 days doesn't mean the pace slackens (I know you know that!)

So here you are

Its 103

It truly is

The place to be!

A pleasant little ditty for you. Keep monentum Sars.... and keep, day by day, enjoying life as it should be lived!

Posted on:
Wed, 13/09/2017 - 20:34

Sars27

Joined:
2017-06-02

Day 103

I feel that I'm starting to forget that gambling was once part of my life. It's a really strange feeling but I have to stay focused and always keep my guard up ! 

I've have had a really busy week . I applied for a private /agency work and got the job wohooo ! It's better to work than to gamble if I want extra income ! It was one of my reasons why I gambled before !

@bro thanks for all your support ! You're doing well yourself . Keep up the good work .

@Sharon you must be heading 200 days ;) thank you for all your support and stay strong .

@ nev we're doing well buddy ! Just keep fighting no matter what ! Don't let anything let you down . I'm rooting for you man . Much respect .

@itmatters GF twin you're a legend ! I kept my promise to stay foot with you ! I guess you're right about will power ;)

@mixer my man I should see you tonight in the chat room if you're around  ! I must admit I've been slacking hahahahaha let's goooooo and let's stay GF !

Sars 

Posted on:
Thu, 14/09/2017 - 01:41

NevetsEgdelloc

Joined:
2017-06-12

I wish it was that easy sars mate, I'm enjoying the gf life like you say it's getting to thinking that gambling wasn't part of my life, can't get complacent though. Keep battling on through. Unfortunately though my friend I have lost the one thing I didn't want to lose. And that is my relationship with my fiancée, she can't get over it and she's ended it all and which in turn we are going to have to sell our house. I'm in turmoil over this mate, it's so hard but it hasn't driven me to turn back to gambling so that is the only plus 

Nev 

Posted on:
Thu, 14/09/2017 - 11:11

Sharon41

Joined:
2017-03-16

Sars you are welcome and ditto to you,the support on here has got me through some s*** times just knowing I'm not alone. Take care S:)

Posted on:
Sun, 17/09/2017 - 20:58

Sars27

Joined:
2017-06-02

Day 107

Still GF !!!! And I'm off to BERLIN with my wife :) wohoooo!

Sars 

 

Posted on:
Sun, 17/09/2017 - 21:26

Mixer

Joined:
2016-12-03

Have a great time Sars. My brother enjoys his trips to Germany, he's in Dresden then Cologne next month. But Berlin is his fave. Enjoy!!! 

Posted on:
Fri, 22/09/2017 - 11:49

Sars27

Joined:
2017-06-02

Day 112

Just got back from Berlin ! We've had an amazing holiday ! Life is so much better without gambling I'm telling y'all that right now ! A few challenges there as there's casino etc . But all these temptations didn't work to me ! I always have my guard up. I saw a guy flushing all his money on bookies whilst walking pass the shop , I feel sorry for him :( although he looked happy as fudge .

@mixer Germany was amazing ! I'm already thinking of the next stop to keep the wife and the family happy ;) 

Sars 

Posted on:
Sat, 23/09/2017 - 13:52

Abstainer

Joined:
2017-05-10

Your doing so well Sars, getting rid of the destructive gambling means you can enjoy life,  maintain a good lifestyle and take good care of body and soul. When we can start to love and respect ourselves we can treat others in the same way. We all know we're not fun to be around when we had our gambling heads on. Keep posting my friend, I find your approach to recovery is a real inspiration.....stephen 

Posted on:
Sat, 23/09/2017 - 18:29

Mixer

Joined:
2016-12-03

Glad you had a great time,Sars, and don't forget this is the new reality if you want it (and you do!).

About that bloke in the bookies. He was happy because he won that bet, whilst you were passing. But picture his expression when he LEFT the shop, a little later.....

Exactly.

Glad you're back safely, my man! :) 

 

 

Posted on:
Sun, 24/09/2017 - 14:11

Sars27

Joined:
2017-06-02

Day 114 

I'm still GF! Loving life and looking forward to see how much more improvement I can make to our lives from abstaining ! I'm not backing down and I ain't got time to gamble ;)

@ sir Stephen you're such a gentleman and an inspiration ! Please don't change as your helping us all get through with the daily battle against gambling ! I happy that I've also inspired you with my unorthodox approach !

@ mixer your words are so real my man ! That kinda hit me when you said " picture the guy a little later" . You're right we can only win when we stop !

Sars

Posted on:
Tue, 26/09/2017 - 10:02

Matt 24

Joined:
2012-04-25

Hi Sars

Thanks for your comments on my diary, pleased to see you are going strong and smashing into a gamble free life and all it has to offer.

Keep going mate

Matt

Posted on:
Sat, 30/09/2017 - 07:19

Sars27

Joined:
2017-06-02

Day 120

Going to a friends wedding today and it should be fun ! Have had an amazing week ! Still GF ! 

Had a gambling dream 2 nights ago where I bet on a roulette and my money tripled up ! Well I don't know but in my dreams I wasn't enjoying the win and I decided to leave the money in the casino .. such a weird one even though my vice was online ! I've only been to a real casino once.

@ matt thanks for visiting my diary dude ! Next week is a big week for you ! :)

Sars 

Posted on:
Sat, 30/09/2017 - 10:04

Mixer

Joined:
2016-12-03

Here's a thought, Sars.

The reason why you (and me, and others) are dreaming about gambling is because the gambling devil side of our brain has worked out we are seriously stopping.

It's a last-gasp attempt at getting us to stop by 'brute force', making is dream against it against our will.

But are we going to buckle? Are we fudge!!! 

Posted on:
Sat, 30/09/2017 - 10:29

ste_ven

Joined:
2012-05-11

120 days... great achievement, well done!

The positivity in your posts is clear to see and I look forward to having that back in my life. Sounds like you are winning at the only game that matters.... life.

Take care and stay GF mate.

Posted on:
Sat, 30/09/2017 - 15:40

adam808

Joined:
2017-08-27

Woop woop. Nice one mate on 120 days. 

Enjoy the wedding, you deserve it fella. At this rate you'll just break 200 days by Christmas and New Year. What a nice way to start 2018.

Stay GF dude.

Posted on:
Sat, 30/09/2017 - 22:17

Abstainer

Joined:
2017-05-10

Big congratulations on 120 Days GF. Hope the day went well for your friend and his bride. Wedding days are great, everybody's happy and smiling ... stephen

Posted on:
Sun, 01/10/2017 - 16:40

Sharon41

Joined:
2017-03-16

Hi Sars hope you enjoyed the wedding, 121 days yay!! I also have random dreams connected to gambling and over thinking about money. Mid last week I had a strong work with myself as would wake up in the night, over think, start calculating etc which was doing me no good at all. The figures won't change just because I re add them up. So I now allow myself 30 mins a day to think, stress do calculations etc but that's it! Sounds extreme but other my brain will blow, Sure the debt is there but as long as a monthly dmp payment goes out and I have enough to live on thats sufficient for now. Sorry to blab on lol. Well done on remaining GF take care S:)

Posted on:
Wed, 04/10/2017 - 17:00

Sars27

Joined:
2017-06-02

Day 124

4 months GF ! Feeling blessed ! Thank you for all the support guys .. I mean why did I let myself gamble before ! Am I just bored ? Or did I just not think of anyone but myself ? I think I have to admit I've been damn selfish . For sure undo what I've done before but at least try not to ruin the future :) 

@mixer me giving up is not gonna happen this time :) obviously one day at a time ! Thanks for always being here for me my man !

@ste_ven just stay on track buddy and you should be alright ! Never look back you know once we had a little bet that's it we're done ! 

@adam that's a thought my friend ! 200 days GF on Christmas DAY would be the best gift o could ever have :) let's do it together ODAAT.

@ SIR Stephen we've had an amazing time ! Loads of foods and smiles of course . Hope you're keeping well.

@Sharon I guess we're always going to be put on a test whether we will have a little punt again to recover what we've already lost . No matter what we do it's always going to be part of our lives :) . At least we're trying to change to future , we just have to stay strong and look at what we can achieve without having to gamble. Well done on your progress Sharon :) 

Sars 

Posted on:
Wed, 04/10/2017 - 22:38

Sharon41

Joined:
2017-03-16

Wise words Sars there is nothing to be achieved by gambling. 124 days is top notch, being this far away from gambling does make you question it doesn't it? Why why and why! I think I am past the beating myself up mentally stage and then sometimes it resurfaces but that's ok but I try to limit this so it doesn't over cloud my thoughts. Here's to many more GF days take care S :) 

Posted on:
Mon, 09/10/2017 - 11:27

Matt 24

Joined:
2012-04-25

Hi Sars,

Gambling is a selfish illness but as people we are not selfish, it is simply what the addiction does to us and the shame it creates leaves us alone with it.

Stopping and abstaining brings us back in the room, the person we were always supposed to be is back but a better person. One who realises his mistakes and one more determined to write the wrongs of addiction for the rest of time.

Good luck mate, really pleased to read your continued recovery.

Cheers

Matt

Posted on:
Mon, 09/10/2017 - 20:53

Sars27

Joined:
2017-06-02

Day 129 

Started my agency (overtime) work this weekend and it went well. It's safe and clear to say my life had change for the better. I must also admit that sometimes I miss gambling but I won't go back to the dark side again. 

@Sharon&Matt thanks for the support guys . Let's all stay strong and healthy.

Sars 

Posted on:
Mon, 09/10/2017 - 23:56

Abstainer

Joined:
2017-05-10

Hi Sars congratulations on 130 Days GF.

You've done a wonderful job with your recovery whilst enjoying your family life and working your little socks off. 

My friend's daughter is back with her abusive partner, he beats her every now and than but she always goes back to him, apparently he's exciting and fun to be with ! When my friend related this to me it struck a chord because compulsive gamblers nearly always go back for another battering off the addiction. Strange isn't it. Take care my friend ....stephen 

 

Posted on:
Wed, 11/10/2017 - 22:24

Sharon41

Joined:
2017-03-16

Hi Sars thanks for posting, everyday away from the last gamble makes it a little easier. Still have regrets etc but this journey has taught me a lot about myself and who I wsnt to be. So glad to hear things are all good with you, onwardS and upwards!! Take care S:)

Posted on:
Fri, 20/10/2017 - 10:59

Sars27

Joined:
2017-06-02

Day 140

haven't been posting here lately as I don't think of gambling as much but keeping my guard up at all times :) . Have a beautiful day everyone ! Thanks for all your support everyone .

Sars 

Posted on:
Fri, 20/10/2017 - 19:16

Abstainer

Joined:
2017-05-10

Congratulations Sars on your good progress. Hope you still keep posting if only to let us all know your ok. Take care ...stephen

Posted on:
Sat, 21/10/2017 - 20:13

adam808

Joined:
2017-08-27

Congratulations on your progress man. 140 is huge. Keep your guard up and don't totally disappear - those chatrooms won't be the same ha. 

Have a good weekend bud.

Posted on:
Sun, 29/10/2017 - 20:40

Sharon41

Joined:
2017-03-16

Pre congratulations on 150 days, fantastic achievement. Hope you're all good S :) 

Posted on:
Mon, 30/10/2017 - 19:48

Sars27

Joined:
2017-06-02

Day 150

Still gamble free boys and girls !!! I’m so happy to announce that my new job is also going strong! I have also been out with my friends in the club and we had a blast :) Embracing life as it should be ! I’m going to continue to kick gambling little booty as long as I can ! 

Thank you sir steve , Sharon & Adam for all the continuous support ! 

Sars 

Posted on:
Mon, 30/10/2017 - 22:49

Sharon41

Joined:
2017-03-16

So glad all is tip top in Sarsland. As Belied a Carlisle says 'live your life be free' 80's child right here! Take care S :) 

Posted on:
Mon, 30/10/2017 - 23:14

Abstainer

Joined:
2017-05-10

Congratulations Sars on 150 Days GF ...stephen 

Posted on:
Thu, 09/11/2017 - 21:43

Sars27

Joined:
2017-06-02

Day 160

well well guess what! I’m still GF ! Although it’s been a tough challenge to stay away from gambling , I must say that it’s been worth it ! My life is heading for the better day after day . I’m having more time with the family and enjoying my job and business ! I have to say commitment is the key ! 

Thanks sir stephen and Sharon for supporting hope you guys are doing well too ! 

Sars 

Posted on:
Sat, 18/11/2017 - 18:51

Sharon41

Joined:
2017-03-16

Hi Sars congrations on the eve if your 170 day, enjoy every moment of being GF take care S:)

Posted on:
Fri, 24/11/2017 - 11:42

Sars27

Joined:
2017-06-02

 

Day 175

Made the best decision of my life 2 days ago when I was feeling rather stress and anxious ! I know it was due to having a massive urge to gamble for no apparent reason , I guess it’s some kind of withdrawal after being clean for this long . Well, I manned up and told my wife that I’m stress and feeling like gambling so I beg her not to let me and support me on this difficult challenge . She have been there for me and helped me to prevent gambling again ! I must say I felt really relieved and happy ! It’s all about commitment and choosing the right path ! And keeping a good mind set . Again I’m just doing this One Day At A Time ! We are all one bet away from ruining our lives ! It’s not an easy journey but I’m not going to find excuse to gamble but instead i am finding a better avenue to have a more successful , happier and healthier life for my family !

@ thanks Sharon for your support and very well done for staying GF to ! Nearly 300 for you :) 

Sars 

Posted on:
Fri, 24/11/2017 - 12:12

Wilsy

Joined:
2012-02-22

Sars, 175 days is such an achievement, well done!

Wilsy

Posted on:
Fri, 24/11/2017 - 21:21

Sars27

Joined:
2017-06-02

@ Wilsy thanks buddy , hope it’s all going well for you too :)

Posted on:
Fri, 24/11/2017 - 22:30

Abstainer

Joined:
2017-05-10

Keep hanging in there Sars, your doing really well.

You seem to get a buzz  from just living life to the full so there really is no reason to gamble. Hope your still a regular in the gym and keeping yourself in good shape. Take care. Stephen

Posted on:
Wed, 29/11/2017 - 13:31

Sars27

Joined:
2017-06-02

Day 180

l cannot believe that I am still gamble free ! Life is beautiful . I’m so thankful to my family and virtual friends here for the support . 

I am still a gambler and I think I will always be . I am not cured but I will try my best to recover and stay gamble free for as long as I can ( I hope forever ) 

Thanks for the kind words sir Stephen ! Please keep gamble free too ! You’re amazing ! 

Sars 

Posted on:
Wed, 29/11/2017 - 13:52

Wilsy

Joined:
2012-02-22

What a joy to read excellent Stuff!

Wilsy

Posted on:
Thu, 30/11/2017 - 14:48

Matt 24

Joined:
2012-04-25

Sars

Congrats on your 180!! Close now to a full half year, pleased to see it mate.

Keep going.

Matt

Posted on:
Tue, 05/12/2017 - 20:42

Sars27

Joined:
2017-06-02

Day 186

I just read some of my old post on this thread and it instantly made me realise how lucky I am to remain gamble free up to this very moment. Joining this website has been an eye opener and a life saviour . I can’t imagine how much of a mess “our” lives would be (my family) if I haven’t stopped gambling. I’m pretty sure that I would have gambled away  our 60k savings by now (was 50k savings 6 months ago) , I’m so lucky to only lose 3k 6 months ago and accepted that what’s done is done. On the plus side we’ve saved 10k more since then and we’re a lot happier and we spend more time together as a family :) in fact we were at friends birthday party last night :) . There’s so many positive outcome since I’ve stopped ! Thank you gamcare and everyone for the support !

cheers Matt & Wilsy for reading my diary :) and for the support guys .

Sars 

Posted on:
Wed, 06/12/2017 - 10:24

Wilsy

Joined:
2012-02-22

Sars, day 187 today that is such an achievement and keep on doing what you are doing, it is working and you must be benefitting from the gamble free days and your quality of life must be much better.

Thanks for your kind words on my diary.

Have a great day!

Wilsy

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