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Posted on:
Thu, 08/11/2018 - 13:04

Sarahs16

Joined:
2018-10-07

Hi Sean,

Thanks for your post on my diary. I will take a lot look at the book. 

Well done on your gf days 

Sarah

Posted on:
Fri, 09/11/2018 - 03:17

ChasingRainbows

Joined:
2016-04-12

Sean1 wrote:

Hi guys

60 days today, a good start but only a start. Looking forward to doing the next 60 days with some life lessons from Allen Carr.

1. Gambling is a clever con trick.

2. No will power is required as I am not giving anything up but the opposite, liberating myself.

3. I will never question my decision not to gamble.

4. I will not have that first bet.

Take care.

Shaun

Yayyy day 61 for you Shaun!
Day 19 for me too..!

I'm just going to get comfy and read chapter one before sleep.

Keep going very proud of you xx

Posted on:
Fri, 09/11/2018 - 09:08

Sean1

Joined:
2009-12-06

Hi guys

Here is to fast forwarding to Monday, when we have all had a gamble free weekend. If you get tempted at all, just remind of yourself of that satisfying moment you will get a after a couple of days.

Shaun

Posted on:
Sat, 10/11/2018 - 03:33

ChasingRainbows

Joined:
2016-04-12

Sean1 wrote:

Hi guys

Here is to fast forwarding to Monday, when we have all had a gamble free weekend. If you get tempted at all, just remind of yourself of that satisfying
moment you will get a after a couple of days.

Shaun

Happy 62th and 63rd Shaun..

Fast forward to 3rd January for me please. The adverts are everywhere.

Been busy typing so not finish chapter 2 yet.

Goodnight!
Bella x

Posted on:
Sat, 10/11/2018 - 10:38

Freeee

Joined:
2018-11-08

Sean1 wrote:

Hi guys

Here is to fast forwarding to Monday, when we have all had a gamble free weekend. If you get tempted at all, just remind of yourself of that satisfying moment you will get a after a couple of days.

Shaun

Posted on:
Sat, 10/11/2018 - 10:39

Freeee

Joined:
2018-11-08

Hi, I’ve just made my first post on here, mainly after reading this thread and looking at all the links and other useful information shared about what you’ve all learned/found useful - it’s been enlightening and very powerful stuff for me, so thank you! 

 

Shaun I think you’ve done, and are doing remarkably well so keep up the good work, and I love the little posts to keep us all on track over the weekends :)  you probably don’t know how important those words of encouragement are, so thanks again!

Posted on:
Sat, 10/11/2018 - 14:24

Sean1

Joined:
2009-12-06

Thanks for the messages guys, stopping gambling was always a struggle for me unitil I read the Allen Carr book. Things are looking up for me, 62 days gamble free and after today’s weigh in, losing 16lbs in 6 weeks on slimming world, another 2 stone to go.

If we do get tempted, just think of that gut wrenching, zombie state feeling we get after a loss, NO THANKS.

Stay safe and keep racking up those gamble free days.

Shaun

Posted on:
Sun, 11/11/2018 - 00:26

ChasingRainbows

Joined:
2016-04-12

Sean1 wrote:

Thanks for the messages guys, stopping gambling was always a struggle for me unitil I read the Allen Carr book. Things are looking up for me, 62 days gamble free and after today’s weigh in, losing 16lbs in 6 weeks on slimming world, another 2 stone to go.

If we do get tempted, just think of that gut wrenching, zombie state feeling we get after a loss, NO THANKS.

Stay safe and keep racking up those gamble free days.

Shaun

Zombies and lifeless with no care for anything but chasing the loses.. No thanks either. Keep going very proud of you! Day 63...woohoo!

Posted on:
Mon, 12/11/2018 - 08:55

Sean1

Joined:
2009-12-06

Hi guys

64 days today, not that counting, lol!

Let’s all start the week off with renewed/continued hope that we will beat gambling. Good news for us, we are not gambling, bad news for the gambling industry, they are not getting richer off us, ha, ha.

Shaun

Posted on:
Mon, 12/11/2018 - 20:29

ChasingRainbows

Joined:
2016-04-12

Sean1 wrote:

Hi guys

64 days today, not that counting, lol!

Let’s all start the week off with renewed/continued hope that we will beat gambling. Good news for us, we are not gambling, bad news for the gambling industry, they are not getting richer off us, ha, ha.

Shaun

Yayyy £64 it won't be long when you are shopping in Primarnie, just don't go on Black Friday this week, it be bedlam in Manchester. 

Has your wife noticed your personality has changed, my friend said today I seem so much happier and relaxed. And she ask where my mobile was, I said in my bag why, oh nothing she said, I knew she meant it was always in my hand even in company. 

Keep smiling hunmi - Belz xx

 

Posted on:
Tue, 13/11/2018 - 09:59

Sean1

Joined:
2009-12-06

Hi Guys

All is fine and chilled out, I hope you are feeling the great love also, everything seems calmer without gambling. Just goes to show, why would we participate in an activity which has the opposite effect, nah, gambling is not for us, they can keep it.

Speak soon

Shaun

Posted on:
Tue, 13/11/2018 - 15:51

ChasingRainbows

Joined:
2016-04-12

Sean1 wrote:

Hi Guys

All is fine and chilled out, I hope you are feeling the great love also, everything seems calmer without gambling. Just goes to show, why would we participate in an activity which has the opposite effect, nah, gambling is not for us, they can keep it.

Speak soon

Shaun

Absolutely.. Only one winning is the bookies! Xx

Posted on:
Wed, 14/11/2018 - 10:09

Sean1

Joined:
2009-12-06

Hi all

Message for today, don’t get tempted by gambling or have fantasies of putting £13 on a number in the roulette machine and it coming in or even hitting the spin button on the slot machine and all bars coming in to give you £500.

Instead, get angry about gambling and gambling establishments, think about the lost money, time spent, lying, cheating, missing out family events etc. Keep all these thoughts and get angrier and angrier, now say, ‘gambling you have taken a lot away from me but you are not having any more’.

Shaun

Posted on:
Wed, 14/11/2018 - 12:37

Onwardsandupwards

Joined:
2016-11-16

Hi Sean,

A massive well done to how you have put a complete stop to your gambling ways. It sounds like we have both been in the same boat with the Fobt roulette. Only thing is I’m still there but no more. I’m feeling sorry for myself today and I have a lot to work at. But people like you are my inspiration and what you have wrote has snapped me straight out of the feeling sorry mode. I wish you all the best in your future. Will keep in touch.

 

Posted on:
Thu, 15/11/2018 - 16:54

Sean1

Joined:
2009-12-06

Hi guys

Looks like the FOBT’s stake cut will be moved back from Oct 2019 to April 2019 - about time the govt saw sense. A few years too late but I hope it will save some souls, leading them to a better life.

Take care.

Shaun

Posted on:
Thu, 15/11/2018 - 19:57

ChasingRainbows

Joined:
2016-04-12

Sean1 wrote:

Hi guys

Looks like the FOBT’s stake cut will be moved back from Oct 2019 to April 2019 - about time the govt saw sense. A few years too late but I hope it will save some souls, leading them to a better life.

Take care.

Shaun

Yayy day 67 for you!

Your be advocate soon.. Or even a gambler counselling service..

‘gambling you have taken a lot away from me but you are not having any more’.

Keep smiling all.
Two fingers up to the industry.

Posted on:
Fri, 16/11/2018 - 09:25

Sean1

Joined:
2009-12-06

Hi guys

Another Friday, don’t they come round quick.

Let’s all fast forward to Monday when we know we have had another weekend gamble free, what a feeling!

Shaun

Posted on:
Fri, 16/11/2018 - 21:06

Jappy

Joined:
2018-10-19

Well done Sean I have now got the book read about half and yes it seems to have turned my mind round and away from the missing pleasure! Relief etc. 28 days so slowly getting days behind me! Stay safe and gf

Posted on:
Fri, 16/11/2018 - 23:30

ChasingRainbows

Joined:
2016-04-12

Hi Shaun..
Just letting you know. I've had migraine all day and night and not added messages. No gambling. So glad I stopped when I did. The money I would have lost I have it now for a removal van for moving.
Chat tomoz.
Belz x
Have fun Saturday.

Posted on:
Sat, 17/11/2018 - 11:14

Freeee

Joined:
2018-11-08

Hey Shaun, yes what a feeling ;) pay day for me Tuesday determined to save some money this month and not gamble a penny... Im strong and I can and will do to! 14 days GF today. Happy weekend       Kaz xx

 

 

Posted on:
Sat, 17/11/2018 - 18:48

Sean1

Joined:
2009-12-06

Day 69.

All good.

 

Posted on:
Sun, 18/11/2018 - 08:28

Sean1

Joined:
2009-12-06

Hi guys

10 weeks today, wow, doesn’t time fly.

Going to BHAM city centre today, full of me old haunts but feel I am adequately equipped to deal with anything gambling temptation throws at me.

I now know that gambling is just a clever con trick and I get no pleasure from gambling but just the illusion I do. The second point is funny if we think about it, we lose hundreds in a session of gambling and still think we get a ‘buzz’.

Speak soon.

Shaun

Posted on:
Mon, 19/11/2018 - 08:54

Sean1

Joined:
2009-12-06

B’HAM successfully negotiated, as I walked around nearly all the bookies were empty and hardly anyone playing the FOBT’s, penny is finally dropping.

Here’s to a successful week ahead for all of us.

Cheers.

Shaun

Posted on:
Tue, 20/11/2018 - 08:56

Sean1

Joined:
2009-12-06

Hi guys

Looks like the betting industry is being shaken up - about time!

Apart from the FOBT’s stake cut, yesterday it was announced that the betting establishments have ‘voluntarily’ decided to meet up and look at their practices. 18% of adverts on the TV are about gambling, in some European countries gambling adverts are banned.

I don’t think it was voluntarily though, me thinks someone from government said, ‘guys clean up your act before we get pressure from the public and make you do it’.

Shaun 

Posted on:
Tue, 20/11/2018 - 12:41

Freeee

Joined:
2018-11-08

Great news Shaun and about bl**dy time! Maybe sites like this also have some feed into this kind of issue from the stories they see and how this awful illness can effect so many people - which goes undetected until things are way out of control. I posted a link on another forum thread about the Gambling Commission consultation on Proposals to strengthen age and identity verification for online gambling. I completed it where I could and made my point about my concerns, anyone wanting to add their views I think it closes 28th nov..... on another note, pay day today! I WILL have money left this month and I WILL NOT GAMBLE :)

Posted on:
Wed, 21/11/2018 - 09:50

Sean1

Joined:
2009-12-06

Hi guys

You couldn’t make it up, my post yesterday about gambling establishments meeting to clean up their advertising, low and behold on sky news today a report on how children with gambling issues has quadrupled because of gambling advertising.

Just goes to show how corrupt society is, particularly those at the top.

However, it gives us ex-gamblers even more resolve to stay stopped as we now have seen gambling for what it is, a clever machine that will do whatever it can to survive and con people.

The gambling industry is a modern day **** Turpin, that’s all, looking to rob whoever participates. It will not care if someone spends the rent, mortgage, food, kids savings etc money, it will just take.

Shaun

Posted on:
Wed, 21/11/2018 - 10:10

S.A

Joined:
Before 2009

I agree. We live in a controlled society with money at its core. Goverment has known "forever" how destructive and corrosive gambling is to its citizens but at the same time allows gambling to flourish in the high street and on the internet knowing exactly what will happen. It rakes the money in and then uses these billions in its projects to manipulate us, divide us and make us easier to control. Just my opinion

Posted on:
Thu, 22/11/2018 - 09:20

Sean1

Joined:
2009-12-06

Exactly my thoughts S.A., if they wanted to help us they could but where would they get their 21% in tax from gambling firms.

Everything is manipulated and they only tell us what they want, even the press isn’t free.

Shaun

Posted on:
Fri, 23/11/2018 - 00:10

ChasingRainbows

Joined:
2016-04-12

75 Days Shaun!!

Woohoo!! thats fantastic!!

33 days for me and what a great feeling!!

Posted on:
Fri, 23/11/2018 - 10:43

Sean1

Joined:
2009-12-06

Hi guys

Weekend is here again, doesn’t time fly.

As always, let’s fast forward to Monday morning and look at two scenarios, first one is that feeling of spending time with loved ones, shopping in the Black Friday sales, going out for meals etc. Now the second one of lying, cheating, running from bookies to bookies to cash points and worrying about what you are going to do at the start of the week with no money after a horrific loss over the weekend gambling.

Doesn’t it feel good not to participate in the second scenario? NOTHING WORSE THEN A DESTROYED GAMBLER.

Have a great weekend folks, speak soon.

Shaun

Posted on:
Sun, 25/11/2018 - 15:04

Sean1

Joined:
2009-12-06

Day 77

11 weeks today, all good and still not gambling. Firmly focused on seeing out this year gamble free.

Take care guys.

Shaun

Posted on:
Sun, 25/11/2018 - 22:46

ChasingRainbows

Joined:
2016-04-12

Sean1 wrote:

Day 77

11 weeks today, all good and still not gambling. Firmly focused on seeing out this year gamble free.

Take care guys.

Shaun

Brilliant.. Going through sheer pain from exhaustion for moving etc. And stress and panic.. Not got energy to gamble or even want to do it. Chat soon.. Brilliant you eh.. Got through the weekend xx

Posted on:
Mon, 26/11/2018 - 09:16

Sean1

Joined:
2009-12-06

Hi guys

Start of another week and remember :-

We will not place that first bet.

We will never question our decision to stop gambling.

ATB.

Shaun

Posted on:
Wed, 28/11/2018 - 01:00

ChasingRainbows

Joined:
2016-04-12

Shaun!!

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS!!

Yayyy 80 days that is fabulous!! 

So very proud of you, hows your slimming world coming on too?

Syns you get as a man is 25 isn't it?

Belz xx

Posted on:
Wed, 28/11/2018 - 09:49

Sean1

Joined:
2009-12-06

80 days and feel great, a good start but only a start.

Just heard this morning, our Xmas dinner is booked on 8th December, at a CASINO!

Posted on:
Wed, 28/11/2018 - 11:51

Freeee

Joined:
2018-11-08

 

well done you!! :) your Christmas party will be fine and a big test too ... you’ve done so well and your strength has been an inspiration! Keep going..... kaz xx

 

 

 

Posted on:
Wed, 28/11/2018 - 12:04

ChasingRainbows

Joined:
2016-04-12

Sean1 wrote:

80 days and feel great, a good start but only a start.

Just heard this morning, our Xmas dinner is booked on 8th December, at a CASINO!

Omg Shaun.. I couldn't go in a casino.. Omg I feel sick just thinking of that for you!

Posted on:
Wed, 28/11/2018 - 12:07

ChasingRainbows

Joined:
2016-04-12

8th Dec is day before I move.. Find out where the meal is being held. Suss out a plan before you get there. That isn't thought out is it. Not good for a gambler whose quit. Kaz is right it will be a test. Maybe not drink and your be more in control? Don't take any cards with you.

Posted on:
Wed, 28/11/2018 - 20:21

Onwardsandupwards

Joined:
2016-11-16

Hi Sean, Well done on reaching 80 days. Will soon be at the big 100. Keep up the work and be very mindful at Christmas do. Personally I’m going to avoid such situations in the future. But each to there own. Take care. 

Posted on:
Thu, 29/11/2018 - 11:55

Sean1

Joined:
2009-12-06

Hi guys

Thanks for the messages and you are correct, it will be a big test . My Achilles heal was the bookies and the casino’s, I have had to write a letter to the casino to let me back in as I banned myself last Xmas for 6 months.

I have to tell you I am a little apprehensive as it’s an event I can’t get out of, liquid refreshments will be flowing and we normally get free chips to play. However, life is full of tests I need to tackle this with 100% commitment.

ATB

Shaun

Posted on:
Fri, 30/11/2018 - 02:06

ChasingRainbows

Joined:
2016-04-12

Sean1 wrote:

Hi guys

Thanks for the messages and you are correct, it will be a big test . My Achilles heal was the bookies and the casino’s, I have had to write a letter to the casino to let me back in as I banned myself last Xmas for 6 months.

I have to tell you I am a little apprehensive as it’s an event I can’t get out of, liquid refreshments will be flowing and we normally get free chips to play. However, life is full of tests I need to tackle this with 100% commitment.

ATB

Shaun

82 days your on now.. That night you can always log on here and someone if not me as if I can I will log in.

Keep you focused. Give your chips away. Can you even go to the party if they still have you banned?

2am I best get to sleep. So much to do!

I have to pack myself now after I decided to cancel the packers. Two hours work they'd get £350 no chance if it takes me day before removal to pack up I will save that money towards tiles for a new bathroom!

So.. Did you spend your £1 jar or you still saving?

I would be more than a little apprehensive. Your further on than me, record Allen Carr favourite sayings and play them back to yourself if it in-nerves you!

Goodnight trooper!
Belz xx

Posted on:
Fri, 30/11/2018 - 08:27

Sean1

Joined:
2009-12-06

Hi guys

Unfortunately Bella it’s an event I have to go to as I have bailed out in the past and it was noticed. I will however try to be watchful the whole evening and keeping my wits about me.

All the best for the weekend.

Shaun

Posted on:
Sat, 01/12/2018 - 12:35

Sean1

Joined:
2009-12-06

Hi all

It’s cold, dreary and rainy outside but on the inside I feel great, love not gambling.

Shaun

Posted on:
Sat, 01/12/2018 - 23:53

ChasingRainbows

Joined:
2016-04-12

Sean1 wrote:

Hi all

It’s cold, dreary and rainy outside but on the inside I feel great, love not gambling.

Shaun

Brilliant yayyy!
Weather is so cold! I've been packing for two days I got a week before I move and this packing is never ending. Donating 10 bags of clothes and bedding. And half my furniture. Hadn't even noticed the weather tbh.

It's a fabulous feeling having no urge to gamble. I will take up crocheting once I moved.

Day 41.. Nearly 42.

Have you worked out a plan for next weekend?

Bella xx

Posted on:
Sun, 02/12/2018 - 00:05

ChasingRainbows

Joined:
2016-04-12

Happy 82nd.. That's brilliant.

Your 40 days Infront of me.. Have a fun and lovely Sunday xx

Posted on:
Sun, 02/12/2018 - 11:35

Freeee

Joined:
2018-11-08

Yes, happy 82nd!! The pound pot is certainly mounting up :) any idea what you’ll spend it on? Good luck everyone for another GF weekend - day 29 for me! xxx

 

Posted on:
Sun, 02/12/2018 - 15:57

Sean1

Joined:
2009-12-06

Hi guys 

12 weeks today, let’s all get this year out the way gamble free then we will be starting 2019 up and running.

Shaun

Posted on:
Sun, 02/12/2018 - 23:16

ChasingRainbows

Joined:
2016-04-12

Sean1 wrote:

Hi guys 

12 weeks today, let’s all get this year out the way gamble free then we will be starting 2019 up and running.

Shaun

Yayyy! Brilliant! Nearly 100th for you too! See you tomorrow xx

Posted on:
Mon, 03/12/2018 - 09:27

Sean1

Joined:
2009-12-06

Hi all

Let’s start the week with with a positive attitude, NO GAMBLING FOR US ANYMORE.

Shaun

Posted on:
Tue, 04/12/2018 - 10:02

Sean1

Joined:
2009-12-06

Thought of the day, whatever that has gone on bad as a result of gambling, draw a line under it and forget the past. Only live in the moment and that is, WE ARE NO LONGER GAMBLERS.

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