Day 2

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Re: Day 2

Postby Cazza » Thu May 03, 2018 8:42 am

Thanks everyone. Am feeling amazing at the moment, had no urges the other day and so had a really relaxing day off.
Can't even remember the last time I had a day off which didn't include me doing everything super quickly or sometimes nothing at all just so i could spend as much time as possible at the pokies .
I know that it is not over by a long shot, but am definitely feeling a little happier and a little more confident as each day passes. I just don't want to go back to day one again.
Tomorrow is actually 4 whole weeks since I last gambled at the pokies.
Yet it feels like just the other day and also at the same time a long time ago??
Just keep plodding along for now 27 days GF 😊
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Re: Day 2

Postby pamela » Tue May 01, 2018 2:37 pm

Well done Cazza..every block you put in front of you is just one more step towards being gamble free..keep up the good work..take one day at a time ..say no to gambling today
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Re: Day 2

Postby Jo-Anne » Tue May 01, 2018 10:32 am

Have a nice day off Cazza.....stay strong! but I have a feeling that you will get through today ok, because talking about it is the best way, the way you are doing so here!!!.....Jo😊😊
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Re: Day 2

Postby Mona58 » Tue May 01, 2018 9:17 am

Well done Cazza!

We gamblers always need to plan ahead for "paydays" for a long time ... life time maybe.

3/4 of my money is in cyberspace till tomorrow! Prevention is better than cure... as a saying goes. l have minimal in my touch card ... which I used to not like but now really love it. The other card , where the major of pay goes into, hardly leaves the house. I am getting a fee charged for being over my monthly withdrawl limit.,-BUT not worried about it as it is peanuts compared to the $2.50 ATM fees I'd paid in D-dens .

keep going strong Cazza!
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.~Confucius
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Re: Day 2

Postby Cazza » Tue May 01, 2018 8:36 am

Well this is my 1st real challenge today.
I have an anual leave day and i also have my key card.
Due to hubby and I being flat out with work i never got to the bank this weekend, and i have a bill that I need to pay in person today and I also need my store card.
Although I have no car as it's getting serviced this morning, i could if i wanted to walk to my favourite venue but no i don't think so.
I have also organized to have my girlfriend come over for coffee after school drop off and my Mum is picking me up to get my car after lunch.
Lots of blocks in place just in case i get an urge.
Also annoyed as it is a big bill to pay and my bank account will look a bit sad after but on the positive i actually have the money in the account.
Day 25 GF and i am feeling strong 😊
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Re: Day 2

Postby Cazza » Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:31 am

Morning all, thanks for all the encouragement. I have realized I need to stay off the forum most of the weekends as i get quite a few waves of urges. Yesterday afternoon it just rolled over me at my favourite time of day from when I "used" to be a gambler 😆
It's funny Jo as i never used to go to many places i had my 2 favorite ones and that was about it. I think I knew the staff and the venue well so i was comfortable there. I used to get annoyed when they would revamp the place and move things around.
I read a few posts and understand for myself that I feel "lucky" in a sense that it is only pokies i am hooked on. My heart breaks for those that have it at their fingertips, it would be so much harder to break that cycle.
Sat out in our backyard with friends on Saturday night and had a fire going and some drinks and as is common heard the races getting called. We live near a track and we either have horse or dog races going on most weekends.
But for the 1st time i actually had an insight to how hard it would be for those who are addicted to this style of gambling. I think we would have to move if this was mine.
Stay strong lovely people and keep going one day at a time. 24 days GF 😊
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Re: Day 2

Postby Jo-Anne » Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:06 am

Hi Cazza.......so happy for you 21 days is fantastic, and I can almost hear your happiness from here in Perth. So well done. It is so much more difficult for you all in the East (as we say in WA!) with the number and availability of poker machines. We only have them at the Casino, and self exclusion is an easy process when it is just from one venue. When the urges hit hard, I used to sneek in and got caught most times!! which was embarrasing but good!! I haven't been there for over 4 years now......I know next time they catch me I would get arrested for trespassing and fined......so it is not willpower at all really....

I am just sad for you all over there, and admire all of you who are trying to give it away, as there are just so many machines and venues. I just cannot understand how this addiction is so enabled by governments and large businesses and clubs.....obviously besides the money.....Those venues must be a miserable noisy place to go, and the operators prey on people who are lonely or depressed or having problems.

Sorry for the rant, but I get so angry!

Paying off some debt feels great doesn't it? You must be so proud, and you deserve it.......Jo 😊😊
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Re: Day 2

Postby Mona58 » Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:44 am

Well done on 21 days!

That is a great attitude to carry. There s' nothing gained by dwelling on what we've lost.

I found this quote in a little book I have... "Keep calm & Carry on" ...

" The Robbed that smiles ... steals something from the Thief " - William Shakespeare -

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Re: Day 2

Postby Cazza » Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:02 am

Haha, yep i know exactly what you mean Tara. I do look back and sometimes just go ???
I hate how much extra i now need to pay off the mortgage as i used that as my gambling money when i had used my wage and then anything i had on my credit card . But my husband is like "it's done and lets just move forward and put a bit of your wages extra on each month"
The best feeling at the moment is i actually have a little bit of savings, i have put some extra on the mortgage and i have paid $500 off my credit card and that is all from being 21 days GF.
In a way it feels quite surreal, but i am enjoying watching one account go up and the other come down.
Keep going this weekend Tara and hold on to how you are feeling at this time, I can actually see yor positivity leap off the page when I read your comments. I love it.
21 days GF woohoo 😊
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Re: Day 2

Postby How the F did I get here » Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:11 pm

Hi Cazza,

Well done on day 20!!!!!! Wooo hoo! Has to be some kind of milestone I think!!!
You are doing fantastic, so good to see people doing it!

I am similar in the fact the last 2 years got completely hooked again.
Definitely the store card and minimal allowance is a great idea!

I think this is something I need to look into.

Anyway way to go and keep up the great work, I feel like im really rooting for people on here, and I definitely feel as though people are rooting for me too!!!
I guess we all know what each of us is going through!
Funny thing is our family/peers/ non gamblers would have no idea just how significant and how much of a big thing it is to go for example 5 days gamble free. I mean 5 days is nothing right?!! Ha!!!! Little do they know even going 1 day gamble free when we would normally gamble (have money) is a ridiculously massive achievement!!!

All the best and thanks also for your encouragement �
Tara x
(ps wish I could change my user name lol, but that will tell you exactly how I was feeling when I joined)
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