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Posted on:
Thu, 16/11/2017 - 18:35

Abstainer

Joined:
2017-05-10

Sadly I gambled today on the fobt machines. Please can I start up again on the Guru Challenge Mixer, tomorrow will be my Day 1. Sorry to mess you about like this ...stephen

Posted on:
Thu, 16/11/2017 - 18:44

adam808

Joined:
2017-08-27

Day 51. Have a couple days off this week to catch up with life.

Happy to still be gamble free. Take care all.

Posted on:
Fri, 17/11/2017 - 00:56

Christer1

Joined:
2016-02-29

Checking in again on day 18 gd times at the moment keeping busy with life no thoughts

Posted on:
Fri, 17/11/2017 - 07:59

Slot Fool

Joined:
2017-09-20

Checking in -
1 week in the bag. 1 payday done with 0.00 spent gambling.
Have a good day everyone

Posted on:
Fri, 17/11/2017 - 15:02

Mixer

Joined:
2016-12-03

Hi, everyone!

Chartom - thank you for your kind words.

Mitch - thanks for the 'heads up' about claiming back old bank charges - I know you'll make sure you put your windfall to good use ;). You've raised a very good point; if anyone here has taken a loan with insurance (PPI) on it in the last twenty years, or paid overdraft bank fixed bank charges (over £12 each) you could claim the whole lot back. I myself used to pay mortgage insurance years ago and have got a claim going right now (might get £1k back!). I've done this using a claims company so they're going to grab 30% of it, but you can do it all yourself (visit moneysavingexpert, they've got a good comprehensive guide). But however you decide to proceed, worth considering everyone. Nice one Mitch.

Abstainer - I've written you to on your thread, Stephen, and rest assured you remain very much part of our group!

Adam - congratulations to hitting 50 days. Keep it going ... this is what it's all about.

Christer1 - great to hear. Christmas coming up - this time, make it a letter one, a (less) stressed one. You know what to do.

Slot Fool - great to read. Really good stuff Slot Fool. Keep it going my friend!

Have a great weekend everyone. It's that time before payday, and - possibly - Christmas bonuses (me? no such luck!). Enjoy every penny. Don't give it away. Don't do it to yourself!

Just for once - have a Christmas you deserve.

If you're feeling weak (and it happens, we all know that!), dive onto this thread. Tell us how you're feeling. Or phone Gamcare, let them know. They listen. Or join us on the Chatroom, every evening. Just promise one thing. Don't gamble till you've tried one of these routes. Hear us out first. :)

Posted on:
Fri, 17/11/2017 - 16:57

boxingdayfresh

Joined:
2014-12-28

Sorry to read that Abstainer. Don’t let one setback ruin your hard work. It’s sooo easy to do that. I know from experience. Just put it down to one wrong decisions or moment of weakness. Don’t let it become a series of wrong decision. Choose NO GAMBLING now to secure a better Christmas for yourself and family. 

Checking in on day 47. 

Posted on:
Fri, 17/11/2017 - 18:29

chartom3

Joined:
2015-03-11

Abstainer wrote:

Sadly I gambled today on the fobt machines. Please can I start up again on the Guru Challenge Mixer, tomorrow will be my Day 1. Sorry to mess you about like this ...stephen

Seem to have flagged this post by mistake, sorry was a genuine mistake didnt mean to flag it ....

Posted on:
Fri, 17/11/2017 - 21:12

Mixer

Joined:
2016-12-03

Here's a post from Josh280, posted today.

Hi Stephen. 

I’m a long time reader of the recovery diaries.  Can also spot a potential relapse about to happen.

It’s usually written in the tone of the persons posts, even if they don’t know it yet.  Sounds weird I know.

*In 99 percent of relapses first thing to go is their day count. To me that signifies a relapse has either happened or in motion.*

I know you looked at your day count as a hindrance, but what it signified was growth. 

*Unfortunately addiction isn’t something you can just move on from and forget ever happened. Recovery Needs to be a constant.* 

Addiction can and will remain dormant. Give it an inch it will take a mile.  

You don’t see people at ga or like who’ve been there 20 years constantly because it’s a fun place to be. It’s because they need to constantly work the program to stay ahead of the game. 

You’ve been like a breath of fresh air since you joined the forum Stephen and you helped a lot of people along the way.  And I can see this relapse has hitten you hard , so try to find the positive in the negative.  You went 6 months. You now have a goal, 6 months and beyond. 

Chin up Stephen , 

 

I was struck by this powerful, thought-provoking post, posted on Abstainer's thread today. I hope you don't mind Josh280, Stephen, that I quote it here. (I've highlighted certain paragraphs with asterisks.)

It's important on so many levels. Firstly, noticing signs of a possible relapse - a change in routine, like, perhaps, not counting days any more. And secondly, how critical a relapse can be. If it happens, it's essential that the reason for it is recognised and immediately blocked to avoid any chance of repitition. A repeat MUST be avoided because a relapse can hit very, very hard: not just financially, but psychologically. Remember - part of the gambling psyche is that we can be very, very crafty - so the non-gambling part of us has to be even craftier.

Members of our Challenge group and readers of this thread will recognise how serious our habit has become and how critical it is that we do our UTMOST to understand why we have been doing this and why we MUST stop.

Stephen - you realise how important this is to you, and your future; you are well respected on these forums and rightly so, not only for your approach but your generous nature that benefits so many others. We are really rooting for you, my friend :)

Fellow Challengers, and readers - - - let's live life, not misery. This addiction has devestating consequences. For our own futures, and for those who care about us - more than we realise, sometimes - let's keep on the path. It's a lifetime path; let's not kid ourselves. But if it's a path to an infinitely better future than the alternative, who's to argue?

Whatever you think of Christmas, it's coming soon. Let's - for once - enjoy the holiday. It breaks up the winter and, for many, provides spiritual happiness and time for reflection. Don't hand your hand-earned to bookies, or online gambling, or whatever. What's the point? Hand your finances over to trusted loved ones or friends and/or self exclude. Take action.

Am I a 'nag'? Possibly, but unashamedly so. But it's for the best. I care. Readers of this thread care. And you care, too.

 

 

Posted on:
Sat, 18/11/2017 - 08:26

marson_123

Joined:
2017-11-02

Hi mixer just checking in day 20 and going well.

Posted on:
Sat, 18/11/2017 - 09:11

Moorey631986

Joined:
2016-09-08

Checking in on Day 27

Posted on:
Sat, 18/11/2017 - 19:28

Mixer

Joined:
2016-12-03

Marson - good to see 20 days under your belt; let's see you - one day at a time - hit 30. 

Moorey - good to see you closing on a month. Keep it going my friend.

Bill Shankly, the legendary football manager, once famously said: "Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it's much more serious than that." 

I would apply the same sentiment to gambling. It's a corrosive, destructive thing when it has you in its claws, which is why we have to go all out not just to stop but to make sure we stop forever. This takes a determined commitment to escape, and it can be done. 

I have been reading some posts in the 'Family and Friends' section of the forums tonight. These are posts from those affected by compulsive gamblers, family, loved ones and friends who have been caught in the crossfire and are often paying the price. Often heartbreaking; not just having the horror of being confronted by the revelation of catrastrophic massive debts affecting them and their families directly, but - as devestating - the irrevocable breakdown of trust that causes relationship breakups, often with children caught up in the upset; truly, turning lives upside down. And other situations that arise. To people that didn't ask for or deserve this.

If anyone has any doubt of the serious direct and indirect impacts of continuing to gamble, knowing that we are compulsive gamblers, then I invite you to read a few of the posts in this section. Be warned - it's not easy reading, but this is the reality. (This is not to make you feel 'worse', btw, but to see another angle that we don't sometimes fully appreciate - myself included).

There is a lot to learn about this insiduious addiction. The more we understand, the more our mindsets will start to change, realising that gambling is seriously no good all round, and we must stop. What's more, a better life than the guaranteed misery awaits. Aren't our precious lives worth it?

Rollcall tomorrow, as always. Meantime, enjoy your Saturday night, one and all :) !

Posted on:
Sat, 18/11/2017 - 23:14

4D

Joined:
2010-02-10

Checking in gamble free day 73 :))

Posted on:
Sun, 19/11/2017 - 06:30

antics

Joined:
2017-07-30

Checking in, hope all is well folks

Posted on:
Sun, 19/11/2017 - 06:43

Sars27

Joined:
2017-06-02

170 days GF !!! Oh yeahhhhhh !checking in boss

Posted on:
Sun, 19/11/2017 - 08:07

paulll

Joined:
2009-10-16

Just checking in on 46 days. 

Posted on:
Sun, 19/11/2017 - 09:52

marson_123

Joined:
2017-11-02

Day 21 checking in

Posted on:
Sun, 19/11/2017 - 11:02

chartom3

Joined:
2015-03-11

Cheacking in 84 days gf...........

Posted on:
Sun, 19/11/2017 - 11:35

changemylife

Joined:
2016-11-02

Hi Mixer - just checking in on 387. Thanks for highlighting the importance of the friends and family section. It would be easy for a CG to overlook the far-reaching and often catastrophic effects of gambling. It simply doesn't just effect the individual! Even when we tried to justify it - It remains on par with criminal activity; theft, ransom, blackmail, forgery, persecution and destruction. Lest we forget...

Posted on:
Sun, 19/11/2017 - 12:09

Adamjamal2014-2017

Joined:
2017-06-11

Checking in day 111 Gf.
Adam

Posted on:
Sun, 19/11/2017 - 12:56

Curled web

Joined:
2017-11-19

Hello all, day 1 of being gf, hopefully the first of many

Posted on:
Sun, 19/11/2017 - 13:15

Josh280

Joined:
2017-11-17

Hi mixer and all ,

Firstly bravo to mixer for starting this challenge the camaraderie and effort put into the challenge is on point. 

Congratulations to mixer on a solid 100 days of abstinence.

If I may I would like to talk about the subject ‘relapse’  

I’ve had a few as most have so I’ll talk to you through past knowledge.

Speaking hypothetically, imagine finding the right recovery path point a to point b.  Point a being the gate to a muddy field point b being opposing side. 

Most people will go straight through the middle of the field hoping to get to b as fast as possible. Only I told you the field is muddy so chances are you will become stuck and have to turn back to point a ‘relapse’. 

Most people will keep heading to the Center of the field and wondering why they can’t get through. Unaware that all they have to do is chose a alternative route. 1+1 no matter how many times you calculate it will always come back as 2 . 

So what I’m getting at for those that relapse is don’t keep doing what failed before find an alternative route. The field is full of failures but one route will see you out the other side. 

Relapse is only a failure if you refuse to learn from why and adjust.

Relapses don’t happen by chance, a relapse will slowly talk you round  .

With such things as I feel worthless. I hate my life.

I want to provide my family with all their desires.

I’m not going to be able to pay this months bills , maybe I could win a few pounds and everything will be alright.  

More often than not people who can’t afford to gamble especially. will gamble and then have to borrow which will then put them in a worst position than when they started.  So even if you find yourself hard up for cash sit it out eventually it will go down . A relapse will only add to the weight upon ones shoulders.

Posted on:
Sun, 19/11/2017 - 19:21

Mixer

Joined:
2016-12-03

** GURU CHALLENGE -  12th WEEKLY ROLLCALL!  ***

It's Sunday 19th November – time for our weekly rollcall!

Welcome everyone! Here we are, in the thick of Autumn; it’s gonna be a cold winter by all accounts, but no reason to gamble.

This week has been an interesting one where the subject of relapsing has been broached a few times. It’s a good topic, because most of us (including yours truly – many times) have been there. Josh280’s posts have been most instructive (thanks Josh, terrific contributions) that I recommend reading – one precedes this post, and I quoted another earlier in the week. Here, to me, is the ‘nuts’ of it:

Relapse is only a failure if you refuse to learn from why and adjust.

Relapses don’t happen by chance, a relapse will slowly talk you round.

That, in my eyes, is what a relapse is. We may – and have – had a blip. But so long as we remedy, to our best abilities, why we did it, then we have minimised the chance of a future blip. This doesn’t mean we are justifying a relapse before it happens. Our mindset should always be that we WILL NOT relapse. But , sometimes, they happen. We must never judge anyone who has a relapse. We know it could be us. We know this is a really nasty addiction. We must always be supportive, and also learn more about how we can improve our own gambling-free strategies from the journies of others.

One further point to add. It takes courage to admit a relapse, especially when you’ve chalked up a substantial number of gambling-free days. I salute anyone who does this. The truth is there may be a few of us here on the Challenge here who have relapsed but don’t want to admit it – and so are continuing to check in but with mixed feelings, because they don’t want to be in what might be perceived ‘the naughty corner’ on the Challenge Rollcall (it's not, actually!). Or, other personal reasons.

To anyone who has relapsed, I suggest this. Just drop a post. Tell us. We will support you. There’s no stigma. You will garner more respect, and self-respect, if you play it straight. Of course, it’s your choice. No one will ever judge you; this is always a personal journey.

This has made my think of another aspect. It’s a bit disheartening, when relapsing, to see your count plummet to 0 and start again as a Newbie, especially when you've chalked up a large GF total. I asked myself: don’t those days count for something? I think they do; they evidence previous resolve. Therefore, if you have reached a level in the past (e.g. Striver, Elder, Guru) then you never lose that assignation and it will appear after your name in brackets, to acknowledge this. You’ll see examples of this below. What do you think – please let me know; everyone’s opinion counts; we’re all part of the Challenge! (P.S. You might think it a little ‘convenient’ that I’ve introduced this change the very day I’ve reached Elder, but I’m sure you can see from the genesis of this idea and my general demeanor that I’m hardly here for personal glory.)

So, how’s it been this week.

  • Are you RESTED? Have you disappeared from the forums for a few weeks; if so, you are taken off the Challenge. We wish you luck! 
  • Are you RELAPSING? It happens, but you’ve been honest enough to admit it. Make sure you’re putting in place extra steps right now … else it will happen again and you’ll get nowhere. 
  • Or are you ROCKING? Still gambling free? Superb… keep living the life you should; not misery!

 

WELCOME!

Veebee, Curled Web, Adamjamal2014-2017 and guestaccount have joined us – welcome aboard, we’ll monitor your progress for the first time next week! My first message to our new quartet - keep gambling free, one day at a time, till next Sunday at least!

ROLLCALL OF HONOUR!

Mixer – ‘tis me! I’m now an ELDER. Has it been easy? No, but I’ve stuck to it. My ‘secret’? To have my finances strictly controlled by my wife. I justify every penny I spend. How long will this strategy last? Forever, because I know what I’m like. I won’t pretend I have the best willpower in the world, if that’s what it takes, because my past proves that’s not enough. However, without the means, I simply cannot gamble. Nevertheless, I will continue to revise and improve my strategy - no complacency whatsoever. Thank you everyone for your kind words and best wishes – they are appreciated!

Geo – Congratulations for hitting 50 days; half-way to ELDER! If you can do one half of the journey there, you can do the other half. Keep going!

Our GURUs

Phil72 – 649 days – ROCKING! You’ve had the news that you’ve got a few more bills to pay before your debt repayment program completes. But, undaunted, you’ve accepted this and are pressing on for a few more months. Good man.

Changemylife – 387 days – ROCKING! Thank you for your post on my thread and glad you found my post about the effects of compulsive gambling on others useful. As you say, there are many facets to this insidious condition.

 

ELDERs

Degenerate – 236 days – ROCKING! Good to chat with you the other day in the Chatroom and, although watching the pennies, you know you’re on the right path.

ItMatters – 170 days – ROCKING! Thanks for checking in and you’re exactly right – living every day as it comes in a way that works for you.

Sars27 – 170 days – ROCKING! – Delighted to see you hitting 170 days. It’s not easy, but you’re digging deep and building more future resolve than you think! Keep it going Sars my man!!!

Rubybaby114 days - ROCKING! – Thank you for the check in, and great to hear you’re ‘rocking it’ – it’s the only way.

Mixer – 100 days - ROCKING!

STRIVERs

Amt722 – 94 – ROCKING! Keeping that abstinence going and, you’re right – there’s no undue pressure to hit any milestones. It's always one day at a time.

Raj92 ROCKING! - Welcome back to the Challenge Raj. Thanks for checking in and good to see you’re keeping strong. Really pleased you’ve returned!

Chartom3 – 84 – ROCKING! Thanks for checking in and note your near wobble the other day, saved by your sensible precaution of putting good blocks in place. This is what it’s all about. Very, very pleased to read your post Chartom. If you put a good strategy in place, it will look after you during the tough times. Keep strong.

4D – 73 – ROCKING! Yessssss – checking in and with a double smiley as well, keep it going 4D.

Athena1991 66 – ROCKING! Great to see you checking in and living the good life; and that’s what we’re all about.

Adam808 – 47 days – ROCKING! It was good to read how the Chatroom has been helping you; it’s a great facility provided by Gamcare.

Xenedra – 53 days – ROCKING! -  Haven’t heard from you for a little while but hope all’s well with you Xenedra!

Geo50 days – ROCKING! Thank you for checking in – hitting the bullseye!

Boxingdayfresh49 days – ROCKING! Checking in and rattling up a good GF total here. Resisting those urges, knowing one small bet could undo all your good work. There’s no need to let it happen.

Mitch91 - 49 days - ROCKING! – Delighted that you’re going to refunded bank charges wrongly debited to your account by the greedy bank to which you refer. I won’t name it here in full – it’s the H*lifax.

Paulll46 days - ROCKING! Thanks for checking in. And a good move realizing that mood swings, which we all have, can trigger gambling. So well anticipated. Keep building up those defences.

Velvet740 days – ROCKING! – No worries about checking in too often, once every 3 weeks or so is all I ask to keep in the challenge. The most important thing is to be gambling free.

Our NEWBIEs, and those of us with under 30 days cumulative gambling-free

Moorey28ROCKING! – It is not easy hitting Striver because it proves that you can cope with a monthly payday – the big test is when you’ve got means to gamble. Keep at it, get to Striver, and keep bolstering up your mid-term GF strategy.

Marson123 21- ROCKING! – Thank you for checking in and you’ve hit 21 days and heading towards the first crucial marker, 30 days. Let’s see your intent; let’s see the whites of your eyes, and hit STRIVER.

Christer1 20ROCKING! – Good; keep it going Christer. Let’s see you get to Striver again. Once bitten, twice shy of relapsing for the reasons that made you do so the first time round. Expecting better things!

Antics – 19 ROCKING! – Thanks for checking in. Remember, will power isn’t enough; we get complacent and that overwhelms our best intents. So consider practical barriers to complement your resolve.

HowSoonIsNow198316  – ROCKING! – This is, as you’ve written, tough. No-one said it was easy. But do keep reading the diaries as you do and soliciting as much advice as you can. It will help your fledgling strategy.

HowDidIGetToThis (*ELDER status achieved*)14  – ROCKING! – Keep going HDIGTT; your previous ELDER status is noted. No-one can take that away from you, and you can do it again.

Slotfool - 10ROCKING – Thanks for checking in, and double figures indeed Slotfool. Let’s see you build up which you know you can do.

06/11/17 (Previously ‘Helpless‘& ‘Next Steps’)  - 6  – RELAPSE Another relapse Adam, that’s four in a couple of months. Something isn’t working, Adam, and I know you’re clearly finding it tough. Why not join the Chatroom one evening, it’s a good place to talk things through.

Abstainer (*ELDER status achieved*) - 3 -  RELAPSE – Your approach to your recent relapse has been exemplary, Stephen. You are regrouping, head held high.

RESTING

IneffableRESTED – Gonna have to rest you I’m afraid. We wish you well and you’re welcome to get back in touch anytime.

STATS FOR NERDS: We have ‘rested’ 1 member of the Challenge. 4 new members have joined  us. Out of our existing members (inc. 1 returning member) we have 2 GURUs, 5 ELDERs, 12 STRIVERs and 9 NEWBIEs; a net total of 32.

Let’s keep strong; keep sharing and keep strong!

Mixer and Athena, your hosts for this challenge

P.S. Many of you have kindly enquired about my health. I had 2 X-rays and a scan on the 15th Nov; I'm awaiting the results. I remain philosophical!

Posted on:
Sun, 19/11/2017 - 20:34

degenerate

Joined:
2013-05-10

Well done Elder Mixer!

Amazing time and effort going into this thread. Much appreciated.

Posted on:
Mon, 20/11/2017 - 08:12

Slot Fool

Joined:
2017-09-20

Thanks Mixer, congratulations on Elder status.
Well done everyone

Posted on:
Mon, 20/11/2017 - 14:33

Christer1

Joined:
2016-02-29

Thanks mixer yes im aiming for striver in nine days but still have to take each day as it comes. Went to London at wend it was nice not even to be thinking bout gambling. Good luck all in the week ahead

Posted on:
Mon, 20/11/2017 - 15:05

changemylife

Joined:
2016-11-02

Mixer the Elder - yes that's got a ring to it.. A great source of inspiration, sympathy and encouragement.

Posted on:
Tue, 21/11/2017 - 09:55

velvet7

Joined:
2017-05-26

Morning Mixer. Elder Mixer. Day 42 for me today. Very fraught at home atm, but keeping on keeping on. GL for those results Mixer.

Posted on:
Tue, 21/11/2017 - 13:42

Mitch91

Joined:
2017-10-03

Afternoon all

Checking in at 51, happy to have reached half a century! feels good!!

 

Posted on:
Thu, 23/11/2017 - 07:28

velvet7

Joined:
2017-05-26

Morning all. Day 44, trying to check in a bit more frequently.

Posted on:
Thu, 23/11/2017 - 07:37

adam808

Joined:
2017-08-27

Day 58.

Going on a trip this weekend so won't have time to check in... All good here, still GF!

Posted on:
Thu, 23/11/2017 - 07:44

Slot Fool

Joined:
2017-09-20

Checking in day 14. Have a good day all

Posted on:
Thu, 23/11/2017 - 13:56

Geo

Joined:
2009-05-22

Checking Day 54. Just had pay day today. Although I have made some small amount of savings since my last bet today feels gloom. My mind is playng tricks on me that if I gamble the bit I have saved I may be able to get all that I have lost back. I know this is a lie to suck me in again. I am keeping busy and hopefully meeting at GA this week will help ease this tension. I am keeping it going One Day At a Time.

Posted on:
Thu, 23/11/2017 - 18:45

boxingdayfresh

Joined:
2014-12-28

Checking in on day 53. Well done Mixer for reaching Elder status! 

Posted on:
Thu, 23/11/2017 - 20:59

Mixer

Joined:
2016-12-03

Good evening everyone. Hang in there - it's not easy, this; but - that said, there is no excuse to gamble.

Thank you for your kind comments; always most appreciated. My scans/x-rays have come back 'clear', although I need to see the doctor. I remain pragmatic. (But a little relieved, all the same - I won't deny!)

I will personally respond to everyone who has checked in, on this thread, in the next day or two. Meantime - please remain gambling free.

Do not let yourselves - and those that care about you - down. It really isn't too much too ask; and you know this, friends. Geo, Velvet: please, keep it going.

Posted on:
Thu, 23/11/2017 - 22:32

Moorey631986

Joined:
2016-09-08

Mixer wrote:

Good evening everyone. Hang in there - it's not easy, this; but - that said, there is no excuse to gamble.

Thank you for your kind comments; always most appreciated. My scans/x-rays have come back 'clear', although I need to see the doctor. I remain pragmatic. (But a little relieved, all the same - I won't deny!)

I will personally respond to everyone who has checked in, on this thread, in the next day or two. Meantime - please remain gambling free.

Do not let yourselves - and those that care about you - down. It really isn't too much too ask; and you know this, friends. Geo, Velvet: please, keep it going.

Excellent news Mixer :) 

Really pleased to hear that. You’ve helped to put a smile on my face as Thursday draws to a close. 

Checking in on Day 32

Posted on:
Fri, 24/11/2017 - 15:40

Christer1

Joined:
2016-02-29

Day 25 gamble free feeling gd for Xmas glad you got the all clear

Posted on:
Sat, 25/11/2017 - 15:36

amt722

Joined:
2013-11-10

I have achieved 100 days GF, be it with will power only, no blocking software, self exclusion or handing over finances. I appreciate that following this path of abstinence will result in 99.9% chance of failure. I definitely don't recommend it but I had to do this to somehow prove to myself that I don't need gambling. I'd admitted defeat and for the first time I didn't want to chase the losses anymore. Ten of thousands lost and in debt by thousands but I had to accept that in order to move on. Times are hard at the moment financially but I have no intention of trying to go back and win money that will eventually be given back and then some. Also thanks  to this challenge I have remained focused on remaining GF and have been a follower abit not a poster. 

Congrats to Mixer on reaching your 100 days recently and your continued support to others on this forum. 

 

 

 

 

Posted on:
Sat, 25/11/2017 - 16:29

changemylife

Joined:
2016-11-02

Hi Mixer. I'm sure you are relieved that the scan results were clear and this will be a weight off your shoulders. Sometimes it takes a moment of clarity to put things in perspective, or kick-start our lives to higher planes.

You're doing a fine job my friend, and remaining gf. All the best.
Martin

Posted on:
Sat, 25/11/2017 - 18:02

velvet7

Joined:
2017-05-26

Hi all. Checking in for day 46. Have a great gf weekend everyone

Posted on:
Sun, 26/11/2017 - 00:12

boxingdayfresh

Joined:
2014-12-28

Well done amt722 on achieving 100 days. I’m doing the same as you and relying on willpower rather than blocking sites or handing over finances. I too appreciate it’s a hard journey that’s got a high chance of failure. But thousands of pounds of debt is a reminder of the misery gambling caused me too. I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve worked out it will take me about another 2.5 years to clear the bulk of my debt. This keeps me focussed as relapse extends this and it feels like I’ll never get out of debt if I keep relapsing. Best wishes to you and long may your journey of abstinence continue. 

Posted on:
Sun, 26/11/2017 - 06:24

Sars27

Joined:
2017-06-02

177 day’s GF ! Let’s Go !!! :) keep the fire burning everyone :) 

Posted on:
Sun, 26/11/2017 - 08:27

paulll

Joined:
2009-10-16

53 days now. I get paid next week for the first time since mid-September, but I’m confident I won’t gamble. Blocks in place to make it difficult should I be tempted, but the thought of gambling seems ridiculous right now. 

Posted on:
Sun, 26/11/2017 - 09:07

Moorey631986

Joined:
2016-09-08

Checking in on day 35

Posted on:
Sun, 26/11/2017 - 11:16

Abstainer

Joined:
2017-05-10

Morning Mixer and the Guru Challengers.

Abstainer, 10 days gamble free, wishing everyone success in their recovery. 

 

 

Posted on:
Sun, 26/11/2017 - 11:53

marson_123

Joined:
2017-11-02

Hi all just checking in on day 28 had a payday too abd still gamble free. Feeling pretty good too!!

Posted on:
Sun, 26/11/2017 - 19:16

Mixer

Joined:
2016-12-03

*** Rollcall Update ***

Friends,

Unfortunately I have been struck down by a heavy cold and have needed to rest today ... so I've had to take the decision to delay the Rollcall to tomorrow. Rest assured I'll post it on Monday (I've written some of it) and meantime; keep strong! 

Mixer 

Posted on:
Sun, 26/11/2017 - 19:56

Moorey631986

Joined:
2016-09-08

No worries Mixer!

Hope you’re feeling better soon buddy. Take it easy.

Posted on:
Sun, 26/11/2017 - 20:32

4D

Joined:
2010-02-10

Hope you feel better soon Mixer. Checking in on 81 days

Posted on:
Mon, 27/11/2017 - 08:44

Slot Fool

Joined:
2017-09-20

Hope you feel better soon Mixer

Posted on:
Mon, 27/11/2017 - 13:05

velvet7

Joined:
2017-05-26

Get well son Mixer. Day 48 gf and going strong. Keep it up everyone.!

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