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100 day challenge.. What feels like my last hope

The 100 Day Challenge is a program where you set your goals - reduce your gambling or stop gambling altogether, it's up to you. Log onto the 100 Day Challenge website to follow the real stories of four Australians trying to give up gambling for inspiration and get the tools and support you need to find the real you. Click here to sign up, and post about your own challenge here on the Gambling Help Online Community Forum!


Re: 100 day challenge.. What feels like my last hope

Postby Mona58 » Sat May 12, 2018 7:14 am

Welcome back Springhope!

sorry about your struggles, but it is good that you are fighting to gets back on track. You can do this... stay strong!

Mona
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.~Confucius
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Re: 100 day challenge.. What feels like my last hope

Postby Springhope17 » Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:06 pm

At midnight it will make 70 days GF after my relapse!
I made it to 128 days and then I somehow forgot all the anger and pain that poker machines had caused me.
This time I am determined to make it stick and not lose myself again in another relapse!
My 100 days should come on Jul 30! I am planning to spend this month achieving some goals to get me back on track!
I plan to pay off 2 of my smaller debts (payday loans)
I plan on doing some form of physical activity every single day regardless of the weather
I plan on not getting crap take away foods ie mac as
I plan on reaching out and trying to reconnect with friends/family I have lost touches with due to my gambling
I plan to live in the moment- not stressing about the past or the future- just focusing on today.
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Re: 100 day challenge.. What feels like my last hope

Postby JinxyWolf » Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:00 pm

Hey Springhope,

Congrats on day 70, that's fantastic.

Sounds like you have a great list of goals there. Just remember to reward yourself each time you reach one, though some of those goals come with their own reward, like reconnecting with friends.

I know it can be hard when you have a fair amount of time under your belt to stay focused on the reasons you stopped in the first place. I struggled with this as well. Even after 5, 6 months of being gamble free, I started to forget the reasons why I stopped gambling and found myself lost in the fantasy of my gambling past, the big win, the great excitement that came with it, all those times I'd won a jackpot. This is a time you have to be wary, keep your barriers in place and really stay focused on why you quit because that is not the reality of gambling. The reality was, when I did win it all went back plus more, those jackpots I won where few and far between, I spent more trying to win the jackpots than they were worth.

Like you said, just focus on today and keep moving forward.

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Re: 100 day challenge.. What feels like my last hope

Postby flipper (facilitator) » Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:46 am

Couldn't have said it better JinxyWolf- Taking it one day at a time, rewarding yourself with each goal you meet, and having a multilayered plan in place to remind you why you have chosen to quit :)

Have a lovely weekend everyone!
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