Today has been a very productive day. I like days like this, when I’m motivated, have clear things I want / need to achieve, and do them without procrastination. It feels good. So today I was up quite early, went to Pilates, packed the kids off to their dads and CLEANED the bedroom. I don’t do this as often as I should, so today was a very thorough, washing the paintwork, polishing the wooden floor type, clean. I washed everything, hoovered, dusted and threw away loads of rubbish. Very satisfying.
Then the trouble started. Early evening I decided to take the dog for a walk. The kids are all out, things are strained between my partner and I so I head for the park with the dog. It’s a beautiful evening and as I’m walking I start musing about drinking. Generally I allow myself space to do this as its too tiring pushing all the alcohol thoughts away. Generally my thoughts are about how pleased I am that I’m sober, and generally my thoughts are supportive of my decision not to drink. But not today , no, today I find myself missing drinking
I’m thinking that it would be easier to talk to my partner after a few drinks, that we might manage to communicate better after a
bottle glass of wine … Really ?.. And then, almost before I know where my brain is leading I’m thinking that “I’ve done 106 days, I could maybe drink for a week and then give up again ” and I’m SERIOUSLY thinking that this is a good idea. I’m planning to go home via the supermarket …..
Don’t worry. I didn’t.
But it was quite an effort. Possibly the biggest effort I have had to make since the first couple if weeks. And it came from nowhere. What saved me was the memory that this is exactly what happened last time I was sober – just one day having a drink, and it took me 21 months to get sober again…
I was walking the dog FFS. Not at a party, at dinner, not with others who were drinking . Just walking in the park.
So I’m working through the checklist …. Initially I though none of the HALT emotions could be the cause of this Left field craving for alcohol …
I guess I am tired after cleaning – but a ‘good’ tired (physically tired, not emotionally exhausted ) ; although come to think of it ….. It hasn’t been the easiest week…. : not hungry; Angry … Hmmmm well yes, still pretty angry with my partner , and no way to let that out right now. Lonely : well, yes I guess I do feel quite lonely .
OK, OK ,ok it’s perhaps not so unexpected … I probably need to be a bit more self aware
So… Early night, Becks blue, nice shower, movie in bed … Night all