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#1 Posted on:
Wed, 07/09/2016 - 20:34

adam123

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Posted on:
Wed, 07/09/2016 - 20:37

adam123

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​hi I'm back after a sort back from gamcare with a new diary, new hopes and new aspirations

Posted on:
Wed, 07/09/2016 - 20:39

adam123

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I have blocks in place and the only place I can gamble is in pubs on fruit machines howver I am determined to stop playing on fruit machines by not carrying cash

Posted on:
Wed, 07/09/2016 - 20:40

adam123

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I have spent approx 1500 pounds on fruit machines over the past year and am determined to stop altogether

Posted on:
Wed, 07/09/2016 - 20:42

adam123

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A bit about myself. I'm 35 single live with my parents in south of England. I work in a hospital although I've mostly worked in retail most of my life.

Posted on:
Wed, 07/09/2016 - 20:43

adam123

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I enjoy poker in my spare time however I feel I may need to change this hobby for a new gambling free one.

Posted on:
Wed, 07/09/2016 - 20:46

adam123

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​I'm very sensible with my money apart from when it comes to gambling and I feel I need a new focus in life to aim for. Ive played my pub poker for a year now and have enjoyed it but in order to be completely gamble free I will change hobbies

Posted on:
Wed, 07/09/2016 - 20:48

ODAAT

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A

Posted on:
Wed, 07/09/2016 - 20:50

adam123

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Lol

Posted on:
Wed, 07/09/2016 - 20:52

ODAAT

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Good to see you starting again (great title by the way)...Yes, you will need to change hobbies and not carrying cash breaks the triangle so good plan :-) 

Do your parents know & are you going to give any thought to counselling or GA?  It will be beneficial to figuring out why you're doing this & help you move forwards - ODAAT 

Posted on:
Wed, 07/09/2016 - 21:15

Guestuser9

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Welcome back buddy. Some legend I guess came up with the diary name lol. Good to see you sharing more than a simple letter to x

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Wed, 07/09/2016 - 22:09

adam123

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Hi guys, yep my parents know about my problem and have helped me to self exclude and block out gambling its just the pubs where I meet my downfalls. Here's to a fresh start cheers

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Wed, 07/09/2016 - 22:12

stewpots38

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Poker and slots were my issue. poker has skill but if i won i would just play bigger tournements or bigger cash games and play to 5am. good luck

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Wed, 07/09/2016 - 22:40

adam123

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Hi stew yeah I used to play the most expensive 100 dollars poker tourneys I could find, didn't like cash games fortunately. Now I'm up for a change told my poker buddies I'm off poker for a while so heres to a fresh start and finding some new weekday hobbies

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Thu, 08/09/2016 - 15:15

adam123

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​day two today and the first day of not going to poker

Posted on:
Thu, 08/09/2016 - 15:21

tommy190416

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Welcome to the forum 35.

In terms of limiting cash in pocket near pubs, arcades and anywhere with fruit machines or FOBTS etc I have found CONTACTLESS CARDS a good tool now. I used to withdraw money all the time when I needed a few pounds here and there - like buying lunch, milk, bread etc. Now I use the contactless card to avoid having cash on me. Limits the times you actually have money in your pocket. That's for me where the spiral began many years ago. 'Could I turn this £4 into £20' which later in life led me to 'could I turn this hundreds into thousands'.

Of course in an ideal world it's easier not to have any cards on you but many of us cannot practically do that - petrol, business expenses etc etc. Just a little tip that works for me.

Best wishes in your recovery.

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Sun, 11/09/2016 - 21:33

adam123

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Right I'm back, tomorrow will be day one as I bought a scratch card today. Haven't been gambling much lately but as I've been going out soo much lately ive spent seven hundred a month solely on going out much too much. Had a nice couple of months and tomo is my first day back at work before going back to work. Don't think ill have a holiday before Christmas now. Sssssspent three hundred this week on holiday butnext week I will stay in. Watch this space

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Mon, 12/09/2016 - 18:13

adam123

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Evening day one today and no gambling thank goodness. Ive got eleven days holiday between now and christmass which is good so gonna go for a weekend in Newquay to visit a mate. Not going to poker tonight its the start of saving money

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Mon, 12/09/2016 - 23:47

Frozen

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2010-11-22

Nice to spend money on normal stuff

Posted on:
Tue, 13/09/2016 - 22:27

adam123

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Managed to go to the pub and not take my card and only spent twelve pounds and didn't go on fruit machine. A small successful step.

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Tue, 13/09/2016 - 23:36

Guestuser9

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A lol
Progress Adam nice one dude

Posted on:
Thu, 15/09/2016 - 22:10

adam123

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​day four successful no fruit machine

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Sat, 17/09/2016 - 12:57

adam123

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​today is day six went to pub last night and no money in fruit machine happy days

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Sat, 17/09/2016 - 14:58

Oldhamktf

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2015-09-26

Keep it up Adam a nice little victory last night

Posted on:
Wed, 21/09/2016 - 18:27

adam123

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2015-06-09

Ive reached double figures yay

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Mon, 26/09/2016 - 22:55

adam123

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Another bad day at the office. Spent twenty three pounds at the pub tonight mostly on fruit machine. I know its a slippery slope but thought ive already lost on Saturday so why not. Why not what utter ********. Just had half a cider and played poker game for eleven pounds so I lost a tenner in fruity. Getting paid on Friday and putting all money in my dads account to save should be paid 1900 two months wage as I've been on arears up to now and now on a new contract

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Mon, 26/09/2016 - 22:58

adam123

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So going to stag in the rest of the week and wait for pay day cant come soon enough. Had a really good social life lately been going out lots and doing lots of nice things which is good. My parents are going away for twelve days soon so will be on my own so got to leave some money inn my account for that

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Mon, 26/09/2016 - 23:02

adam123

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​just wish I could of kept my days going my day count was awesome. Just got my change and saw the fruit machine and thought no. But then just felt myself walking towards if and put a pound straight in. I know its stupid and I only play to win maximum 100 so keeping putting in twenty is stupid. Day ons tomo not gojnv to count the days till I reach thirteen again

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Mon, 26/09/2016 - 23:11

ODAAT

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Ad, I know I'm like a broken old record but don't you think it's time to try something different?  The day count was good but it means nothing if you don't figure out how to live your life without gambling in it - ODAAT 

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Wed, 05/10/2016 - 16:59

adam123

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Not gambled since Saturday so day four today. Not gone to a poker game this week, not drunk this week, not gambled this week, not smoked this week. Signing up to a new gym and

Posted on:
Wed, 05/10/2016 - 20:02

adam123

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Going to have October asmy first target for gambling and smoking. Going to get prescribed patches for nicotine soon as really feeling it at the mo. As my dad says I either feast or starve myself

Posted on:
Sun, 09/10/2016 - 09:42

adam123

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Still going strong went to pub yesterday and got drunk but miraculasly no smoking or gambling on fruit machine, horray

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Sun, 09/10/2016 - 19:02

Guestuser9

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Beanooooooo aka Adam
The one worded forum poster
Well done on stoptober so far
How about continuing into no......... Vember?

Posted on:
Tue, 11/10/2016 - 16:32

adam123

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cheers deano, still going strong, don't know about nowember ill try my hardest mate noooooooo vember lol

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Thu, 13/10/2016 - 16:25

adam123

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Gon Na hit two weeks on saturday

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Sun, 16/10/2016 - 22:13

adam123

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on saturday i hit the two weeks mark and after not thinking about gambling for a few days i bought two one pound scratch cards when i was buying some alcohol.  very stupid of me i know.  so im here back on day one, this time it will hopefully work.  I've managed to only spend 100 pounds over the past two weeks with my abstinance so it is working financially.  Im trying to save for my retirment and have made a plan out of my 1200 income a month to save 300 pounds (333 mortgage, 330 rent, 44 maintenance, 10 prescrptions, 200 spending money).  So i have 50 pounds a week for ciggies and going out.  So far this month ive spent 165 so i have 35 pounds left for the rest of the month.  I have one week left of work then im off for a week so will spend the week relaxing watching dvds.  My parents are buying me some ciggies on holiday and ill pay them back (i started smoking again on saturday too) not a good day generally.  I have noticed on this site how peoples lifes tend to turn to thinking about their finances all the time after binges and although i like to manage my money i dont like to think about it all the time.  I have for the past six months been going out all the time and have spent a lot (especially on fruit machines), so the last two weeks have been very successful,  i have not played on a fruit machine, i have not been in a bookies, i have not played online, and i am making steps towards a different social life.  I know im not perfect but with all of the horror stories you here on here id like to continue my consistent progress  over the past year and knock all the gambling on the head.  Lets face it for me gambling is entertainment i njoy it but unfortunately i bet small amounts often and splurge every now and then and this adds up to a significant amount of my money i take in.  Over the past three months well actually since my last retail job in april i havent saved any money i been out four or five times a week (mainly due to having weekends off too).  I go out monday, tuesday, thursday, saturday and sunday.  Over the past two weeks ive just been out once and it has been very good for me.  I'v been lonely as my parents have been away and ive generally been asleep by 830pm each night except the weekends.  If i join the gym with free work membership this week i can go on my week off which would be something to do.  So heres to day one again,  tomo day two over and out sorry for the ramble.