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Sun Apr 28, 2019, 11:29 AM

Had 35 people for Greek Easter yesterday, and didn't have a drop!

I kept myself busy/distracted grilling the lamb and spent a lot of the time in the kitchen prepping and doing dishes. I'm learning tricks to help get me through events like this. And the bar was in the living room, so I tried to stay as far away from it as possible. Out of sight, out of mind, right? In the past, I would sneak a few swigs of wine, but I totally abstained yesterday.

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Reply Had 35 people for Greek Easter yesterday, and didn't have a drop! (Original post)
bif Apr 2019 OP
underpants Apr 2019 #1
mr_lebowski Apr 2019 #2
KPN Apr 2019 #3
Mersky Apr 2019 #4
blm Apr 2019 #5
randr Apr 2019 #6
bif Apr 2019 #7
onecaliberal Apr 2019 #10
CTyankee Apr 2019 #16
secondwind Apr 2019 #8
irisblue Apr 2019 #9
OregonBlue Apr 2019 #11
rurallib Apr 2019 #12
ChiTownDenny Apr 2019 #13
ChiTownDenny Apr 2019 #15
Pepsidog Apr 2019 #14
fierywoman Apr 2019 #17
wendyb-NC Apr 2019 #18
nvme Apr 2019 #19
Karadeniz Apr 2019 #20
democrank Apr 2019 #21
shenmue Apr 2019 #22
FailureToCommunicate Apr 2019 #23
bif Apr 2019 #24
Stuart G Apr 2019 #25
snowybirdie Apr 2019 #26
samnsara Apr 2019 #27
applegrove Apr 2019 #28

Response to bif (Original post)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 11:30 AM

1. Good job.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 11:31 AM

2. Congrats!

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 11:33 AM

3. Way to go!

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 11:34 AM

4. Well done!

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 11:35 AM

5. Mmmmm - grilled lamb

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 11:39 AM

6. You should be vry proud of yourself!

Not everyone is aware of how hard that can be or how important for ones recovery.
Thanks for sharing.

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Response to randr (Reply #6)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 11:46 AM

7. Thanks. It does seem to be getting better.

I'm learning what situations to avoid. Eventually, I hope I'm comfortable all the time. But I'm still skipping events that I'm uncomfortable at. And my wife is very understanding.

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Response to bif (Reply #7)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 11:58 AM

10. It gets easier by far.

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Response to bif (Reply #7)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 12:57 PM

16. Istopped my modest intake of wine when I was having horrible intestinal problems and thought

it was a "bug" I caught on a cross country flight I had just taken. That was on Halloween. Saw my gastro doc the next week and he ordered up a blood test. The blood test said my liver enzymes would rise when I drank any alcohol and went down when I didn't. If I didn't stop, he warned, it could lead to cirhossis, which killed my beloved sister in law. That was enough for me!

I missed my 5 pm glass of white wine, a kind of ritual my hubby and I had every day, and he decided to stop, too, in order to support me.

It's been great! No intestinal upsets. I feel better. I am eating better. I have gained back the weight I lost (this "has to happen" doc said). My clothes fit better.

I hear you with your strategies. My strategy is to remember those awful intestinal issues. As my hubby said "Your liver worked fine until it didn't." That's about the size of it...

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 11:47 AM

8. Wonderful!!!

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 11:52 AM

9. Good for you.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 12:06 PM

11. Way to go. It not only gets easier, you feel better all the time.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 12:38 PM

12. Been there myself. Mucho congratulations

It sure ain't easy. Be very proud and keep it up!

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 12:45 PM

13. Yesterday I made Galaktoboureko,

marinated a leg of lamb (new recipe--loads of garlic, red wine, oregano, rosemary, lemon juice and evoo), and made Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (which is better the next day and not Greek but everyone likes it). This morning I made Spanakopita, and the lamb and potatoes are in the oven as I type.

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Response to ChiTownDenny (Reply #13)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 12:52 PM

15. Um, at first glance I thought this OP was about Greek Easter.

Upon re-reading, allow me to say congratulations for abstaining.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 12:46 PM

14. Stay strong and reach out for help when you feel the urge.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 01:20 PM

17. Minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day is how you do it: bravo!

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 01:29 PM

18. Good for you!

Keep up the resistance, it will get better.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 01:35 PM

19. Congrats! Soon it will be as if the problem never existed

So long as you keep in mind that you can show others how they can do similar. Makes sense?

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 01:45 PM

20. Keep up the good work!

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 02:16 PM

21. That took some determination!

Good for you, bif. Well done.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 02:29 PM

22. Kalou Pascha

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 04:35 PM

23. Opa! To paraphrase the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers: lamb will get you thru times of

no wine better that wine will get you thru times of no lamb!

Congrats on making it thru that day bif.

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #23)

Sun Apr 28, 2019, 05:31 PM

24. True that! Thanks!

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Response to bif (Original post)

Mon Apr 29, 2019, 12:52 PM

25. Congratulations!!!!

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Response to bif (Original post)

Mon Apr 29, 2019, 12:55 PM

26. Yeah!

Keep on Keep in on!

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Response to bif (Original post)

Mon Apr 29, 2019, 01:12 PM

27. trial by fire and you passed! Great job!

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Response to bif (Original post)

Mon Apr 29, 2019, 06:35 PM

28. Great. Be proud. After a while it will feel easy to ignore.

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