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Donna2501
(@donna2501)

Forum admin wrote:

Dear Donna,

huge congratulations on 200 gamble free days from me too, that is an excellent achievement.

Sometimes when we hit a milestone (especially around the 6 month mark) it is possible to experience a dip in motivation and resolve. It sounds like you are fighting on though, don''t get disheartened, this shall pass. If you are too tired to keep busy with active things, maybe just look at colouring in books, or crochet or knitting, some kind of fiddly arts and crafts. These won't take a lot of energy but can take away quite a lot of focus from anything you want to switch off from. Whether that's gambling, work stress, etc. And then because you've made something with your hands, it can also boost your self-esteem.

Keep coming on here, keep posting and you are always welcome to call the Helpline or the Netline when the going gets tough.

Wishing you all the very best,

Eva

Forum Admin

Thanks Eva that's very lovely of you and yes I will keep pushing through I've come too far to give in now!

Funny you should mention colouring I've found a colouring app which is great for keeping me occupied, also been doing some diamond painting when I'm not too tired once the kids are in bed

Donna x

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Posted : 2nd January 2019 6:26 pm
Donna2501
(@donna2501)

JW_ wrote: Congratulations on 200 Days Donna what a fantastic achievement, one you should be very proud of. I'm not too far behind you myself either 🙂 JW

Hey JW thankyou!

You will get to 200 in no time, I've found after day 100 time seems to have flown!

Dx

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Posted : 2nd January 2019 6:28 pm
Lil30
(@lil30)

Hi Donna, just wanted to drop my and say congratulations for your GF days. I've just started, and tales like yours are inspirational!

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Posted : 2nd January 2019 7:05 pm
Donna2501
(@donna2501)

Lil30 wrote:

Hi Donna, just wanted to drop my and say congratulations for your GF days. I've just started, and tales like yours are inspirational!

Hi Lil

Thankyou so much for saying that, you get so wrapped up in your own experience and pain sometimes that you don't realise that it might actually help others so a big thanks for that 🙂

I know you've had a couple if relapses recently but kudos for sticking around and continuing the fight, if shows so much determination. It's so easy to just hide away and bury your head but it won't solve anything, I've tried! All the feelings you have right now are completely normal. I'd like to say I don't get urges anymore and I've got this but sadly not, of course I have more good days than bad but this demon likes to appear out of nowhere and they are the times that having all blocks in place have saved me numerous times. It took me a while to come to terms with the fact that this will be a lifelong fight but it is and will continue to be worth it 🙂

Dx

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Posted : 4th January 2019 12:49 am
Donna2501
(@donna2501)

Day 207

Fighting a lot of urges last couple of days....will it ever get better!!

I feel OK regardless of the urges though because I know I'm doing good 🙂

Happy Sunday everyone xx

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Posted : 6th January 2019 1:50 pm
DeterminedDan
(@determineddan)

Hi Donna, just dropping by to give you my support.

Those urges sound like a pain but so long as you realise that they’re only urges and they will pass. You’re doing so well!

Happy Sunday x

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Posted : 6th January 2019 3:07 pm
signalman
(@signalman)

Hi Donna

Good to hear from you, sorry to hear about those dastardly urges...

Just remember:

You've come so far, is it worth resetting you day count back to 1 to satisfy an urge

So much misery and heartache caused by gambling... One session can do months of damage. How many more recoveries do you have in you?

What if you gamble and lose loads of money... Gambling is more of a trap door than a golden ticket to a better life.

You're living that better life now! Why give it up!

Take care x

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Posted : 6th January 2019 11:56 pm
Donna2501
(@donna2501)

DeterminedDan wrote:

Hi Donna, just dropping by to give you my support.

Those urges sound like a pain but so long as you realise that they’re only urges and they will pass. You’re doing so well!

Happy Sunday x

Thankyou Dan you are always there for support, I really do appreciate it 🙂

Hope your doing ok?

Dx

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Posted : 13th January 2019 11:13 pm
Donna2501
(@donna2501)

signalman wrote: Hi Donna Good to hear from you, sorry to hear about those dastardly urges... Just remember: You've come so far, is it worth resetting you day count back to 1 to satisfy an urge So much misery and heartache caused by gambling... One session can do months of damage. How many more recoveries do you have in you? What if you gamble and lose loads of money... Gambling is more of a trap door than a golden ticket to a better life. You're living that better life now! Why give it up! Take care x

Hi S,

Wise words my friend as always! Had a better week this week thankfully and won't be giving in to any temptation anytime soon.

Hope your doing ok?

Dx

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Posted : 13th January 2019 11:15 pm
Donna2501
(@donna2501)

Day 237 still gf

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Posted : 5th February 2019 5:13 pm
DeterminedDan
(@determineddan)

Donna, Donna, Donna! 🙂

Lovely to hear from you and even better to see that you’re still gamble free! Excellent news.

How have things been? X

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Posted : 5th February 2019 5:23 pm
signalman
(@signalman)

Hey Donna

Great to hear from you as always and stoked to see that you are still GF.

Doing ok myself. Life beginning to taste sweeter every day.

Take care

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Posted : 6th February 2019 12:15 am
Donna2501
(@donna2501)

Day 264

Happy to say still gf but still a struggle. Onwards and upwards!

X

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Posted : 4th March 2019 3:53 pm
DeterminedDan
(@determineddan)

Hey Donna, lovely to hear from you. I’m happy to see that you’re still gamble free! It won’t be long before you approach 1 whole year! What an amazing achievement that would be, and fully deserved too.

I’m sorry to hear the urges are still there but you’ve shown that you’re strong enough to overcome those. A true Gamcare warrior!

Keep on winning, Donna x

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Posted : 4th March 2019 8:11 pm
Donna2501
(@donna2501)

DeterminedDan wrote:

Hey Donna, lovely to hear from you. I’m happy to see that you’re still gamble free! It won’t be long before you approach 1 whole year! What an amazing achievement that would be, and fully deserved too.

I’m sorry to hear the urges are still there but you’ve shown that you’re strong enough to overcome those. A true Gamcare warrior!

Keep on winning, Donna x

Haha not sure about a warrior but maybe when I hit that one year mark I'll feel differently 🙂

Glad your good 🙂

D x

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Posted : 8th March 2019 5:06 pm
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