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starting the challenge today

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starting the challenge today

Postby Joy » Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:59 pm

I'm officially starting the 100 day challenge today. Wish me luck. I haven't started it earlier because I expected to fail. I'm a bit sick of constantly failing. It shows how pathetic I've become though that I didn't dare to start. Looking for my willpower to kick in. Day one ..... woohoo. This time I will stop.
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Re: starting the challenge today

Postby pamela » Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:12 am

Hi Joy,you will only fail if you let yourself fail..think positive and tell yourself you CAN do this challenge..good luck
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Re: starting the challenge today

Postby jimi68 » Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:55 am

good on you.
Hey I'm the guy that tries every year to give up smoking and allways ends up with a cigarette in his mouth again (just one).

Id swear to never do it again and then get tempted
I would rationalize just one more wont hurt (its only one)
then find myself back again...
After I drew a line in the sand...
I was going back and rubbing it out!!
So i know what its like to feel like I'm constantly failing.


you said "'havnt started earlier because I expected to fail"'
(why?- have you tried on your own, with sheer willpower and no support in the past and failed?)


So, hopefully you feel a bit more optimistic today because you started.
!00 days is made up of 100xone day at a time.
That's all you got to do
one day at a time..
Stay on the horse even when it steps backwards and keep going......forewards
You don't need luck
just stay on the horse...
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Re: starting the challenge today

Postby Joy » Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:44 pm

Thanks everyone. I'm on the horse. This time I'm feeling so much more positive. Tried a gazzillion times on my own. I'd go OK for awhile then back into bad habits. I've been following the posts for several weeks and want to be able to read back on my own in the future when I've turned it around. I appreciate the on line support. Thank you. :) Today is done and I get a tick for today. Just need to keep "ticking" over until I've relearnt some better behaviour choices.
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Re: starting the challenge today

Postby Desperate » Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:05 am

Hi Joy

I look forward to reading your posts and your progress. I started Sunday and even tried the online counselling chat - where did I end up Sunday night? Yep, you guessed it! No more online counselling chat for me - just talking about them made me start thinking about them and then the urge became too strong and off I went.

These forums I think are much better for me, I read of people swimming in debt (like myself), people full of self loathing and criticism (like me) and it encourages/motivates me to change. It's too late for me to get back all those things I could have had and enjoyed but it's not too late to find the things about myself that I can like again.

Have a great week!
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Re: starting the challenge today

Postby blastoise (facilitator) » Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:33 am

Hi Joy!

Welcome to the GH Forum! Good on you for taking the plunge, and keep us posted on your achievements, and struggles.

Fingers and toes!

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Re: starting the challenge today

Postby Joy » Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:20 pm

Thanks Blastoise and Desperate. So far so good here and I think the forum will help me enormously. I tried counselling too but I wasn't able to absorb it. Like many others I got so many self help books etc to try stop myself when I talked to the counselor there was nothing I hadn't already read up on. I suppose I was hoping for a magic answer or something and of course there isn't one. I actually went to several gamblers anonymous meetings and they didn't help unfortunately. So many people had so many sad sad stories I felt my problems weren't really problems compared to them.

I am only hurting myself. I have no vested party being affected. No hubby that I'm deceiving or anything like that....... That is the only upside of my behaviour. It makes me miserable and is affecting my life, my self respect, my hopes etc. But now the good news, Tax check came back (online of course) and I transferred the whole lot to my "Ginormous" credit card debt. I'm pleased with myself. Having said that though, I'm only in week one ..... and I've been here before .... Still, staying on the horse and online and staying positive. One day at a time.

Have a good week everyone. :)
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Re: starting the challenge today

Postby Desperate » Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:14 am

If you haven't gone back since joining YAY FOR YOU Joy!! I'm sitting here shrugging my shoulders because I went the night I joined and then I went on Tuesday night - I don't even know why. The only thing I can think of is that I was feeling vulnerable in my new job (the other new staff are all half my age!) and after being made redundant in May I'm feeling a little insecure I think.

But each day is a new day and every day I don't go is a win for me. My debts are ginormous as well so I will just have to chip away at them. It's horrifying to think I got into this position because of pokies.
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Re: starting the challenge today

Postby Shirley (facilitator) » Sat Jul 29, 2017 5:08 pm

Good for you! One day at a time.
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Re: starting the challenge today

Postby Joy » Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:13 pm

Well its one week and still on track. I've been reading the posts and getting some tips but it certainly gets hard, I cant wait until the first few months are over and I feel I have some sort of improvement,(achievement)behind me. One day at a time. :(
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