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    Realme
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    Posts: 42
    Joined: Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:48 pm

    Stronger each day.

    Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:44 pm

    Day 58.

    For anyone reading my 100 day challenge here, sorry to have skipped my first 58 days. I joined this community a few years ago and couldn’t get control over my gambling to pokies, I never gave up trying to quit. The spirit of this community have been fantastic, reading everyone’s stories or their replies to me have been my rock to keeping me strong. I left for a time to be with another challenge community & felt it was time for me to return home here where it all began of me trying to quit gambling.
    I haven’t had any relapses or strong urges & things are going well. I did a self exclusion in my 1st week which has really helped. I’m looking forward to reaching my 100.

    May everyone find strength in their daily challenge, we can all do this
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    Springhope17
    Senior Member
    Posts: 234
    Joined: Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:16 pm

    Re: Stronger each day.

    Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:23 pm

    Thats amazing work!
    Its great you havent had any strog urges!
    58 days is awesome!
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    Realme
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    Posts: 42
    Joined: Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:48 pm

    Re: Stronger each day.

    Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:29 pm

    Awww, thank you springhope. I remember reading some of your posts from earlier times, you’ve been a great member here & thank you for replying. I hope you are well 💕
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    Mona58
    Senior Member
    Posts: 1125
    Joined: Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:44 pm

    Re: Stronger each day.

    Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:52 am

    Hi Suzy

    This is a wonderful title. I'm sure it will be etched in many readers minds and given them strength as they journey through their recoveries,

    Well done on 58 days... would be 60! by now!

    I'm so proud of you after all the struggles you went through. I could feel your shame and exaspirations each relapse you endured! And yet you kept going gaining strength with each relapse! And SO so glad that you came back to let us know you have broken through and are well on your way to recovery!

    All the best on your course! Study is a wonderful privilege to replace the void gambling often leaves.

    Mona
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    A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.~Confucius
    BrisbaneLad
    Member
    Posts: 78
    Joined: Mon Jul 29, 2019 3:17 am

    Re: Stronger each day.

    Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:58 am

    Congratulations @Realme , what an inspiring and amazing post. Sounds like you are going great. Hope you keep smashing through the barriers :)
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    Springhope17
    Senior Member
    Posts: 234
    Joined: Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:16 pm

    Re: Stronger each day.

    Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:19 pm

    Yes i also remember you too!
    I did so well there then a little lapse i got back on track for a while and then it all went to crap! Thought i could control my gambling by limiting times or amounts. But i realise i will never we able to do this cos i just get stuck in thr cycle chasing my losses!
    Great work!
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    Realme
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    Posts: 42
    Joined: Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:48 pm

    Re: Stronger each day.

    Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:23 pm

    Thanks Mona, I appreciate your kind words, helps me to soldier on even better knowing I have your encouragement here. I may not come on as much as I’d like due to course of studies I am undertaking but know that I’m always thinking of you & others here who have helped me on my journey. Peace & blessings to you.
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    Realme
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    Posts: 42
    Joined: Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:48 pm

    Re: Stronger each day.

    Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:26 pm

    Hi Brisbanelad,
    we can do this road to success together. Thanks for wanting to support me. Keep strong always - never look back but look forward to an amazing future !!!
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    Realme
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    Joined: Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:48 pm

    Re: Stronger each day.

    Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:34 pm

    Springhope, I totally understand about relapses & can relate - I too thought I could limit my spending & control myself but it also spiralled out of control, particularly last year - that was the straw for me so I made decision to self exclude. Though I still get an occasional thought to go, I can easily talk myself out of it now unlike previous battles. I still have concerns about my journey (I’ll write about that soon), but I’ve learned it’s important to just take it a day at a time, be kind to yourself & soldier on.
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    Realme
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    Posts: 42
    Joined: Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:48 pm

    Re: Stronger each day.

    Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:47 pm

    I often think what happens when I’m at day 100, will I feel like giving in, going on a big party to celebrate my highs & victory by gambling ? My problem is that when I’m all dressed up & on a high, an urge can come to play pokies. I had it happen on the weekend, went dining with family, came home & still felt on a high of having a good time & feeling good about myself. The thought came that I was all dressed up & nowhere to go after the dine, I wanted to keep being out & my mind was telling me I felt like going to the casino or a venue from where I’m not excluded from. I then placed strategies in my mind of how far I’ve come & that if I were to crash, not only would I be disappointed but I’d be letting my family down too - they want to see me beat my addiction & so do I. The urge left me after this reminder.
    If anyone has reached 100 (Mona, Pam, others here), please share, how did it feel once you reached 100 & what were some of your strategies after that time to keep going to 200 & more. Some haven’t gambled for a year or few years, it amazes me to think if I can ever reach that goal too.
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