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Re: Day 32

Posted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 11:40 pm
by Nigel1234
Bloody hell 75 days off the slaps. Absolutely mental.
Nearly slipped up last week as I was house sitting for my old flatmates and it was near a club I used to go to. And the mind started to wonder back to old thoughts of it wont hurt, I won't spend that much. But somehow I said no and didn't go.
Set myself a new goal of paying off the credit card by Christmas. It will be hard but this is all about proving how much I can achieve without the pokies in my life.
I hope everyone else is beating there demons and keeping well

Re: Day 32

Posted: Fri Oct 09, 2020 11:15 am
by Calvin (facilitator)
Wow! Welldone @Nigel1234
Catching yourself out on those thoughts can be quite difficult! Good on you for fighting against that temptation! Thats a win!

Keep up the great work! :D

What tips/advice or support would you offer for other people that may be at the beginning of their journey to stop gambling?

Re: Day 32

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 8:43 pm
by Nigel1234
Been really struggling the last few days with thoughts of playing the pokies. Tired keeping myself busy and went out for a drive today to keep myself away. Just annoying how it plays over in your head on repeat. But back to work tomorrow so hopefully that keeps my mind accupied.

As for tips for people trying to stop, I gave up alcohol at the same time so I had no excuse to go near the pubs/clubs. Even if my friends invite me out for snitty night at the club I just tell them I can't go to anywhere that has pokies. I feel this has been a huge help for me.
I find coming on here and writing a little bit helps when I feel the urge as I don't really have anyone i feel comfortable talking to about my gambling problem.
And lastly I actually sat down and worked out a budget for the week and started a savings account. I have no idea how I managed to pay my bills whilst spending bucket loads of cash on pokies. Its such a nice feeling paying money off the credit card or buying myself something new or even just walking into Coles and doing my food shopping and not worrying about how much it cost

Re: Day 32

Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:29 am
by Ila123
Hi Nigel1234

Thank you for reaching out on the forums and I can see you have been doing so well towards your goal!
Welldone to you. Yesterday, day 32 for you, you have put in place really good tools such ,be able to say to your friends no or to go somewhere else, away from gambling and you have implemented many strategies to keep yourself occupied such distraction.

I hear you, it can be difficult when there's a "bad" day, specially when you have been working really hard towards your goal.
Have you thought about how you might celebrate the 33 day milestone or 35 day milestone? it is important to celebrate your wins in a positive way, like a reward.

Keep up the good work and let us know how you are going today.


Re: Day 32

Posted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:32 am
by Nigel1234
Thanks for the comment ila123.
I am actually on day 84 now which is just mental(day 32 was the first time I wrote on here)
I can't believe I am 16 days away from completing my 100 day challenge.
I honestly don't have anything planned for my 100th day. Maybe I should think about something. In all honesty I plan on resetting the counter and starting another 100 days so I always have something to work for.
I have treated myself many times in the last 84 days as I have actually had money to buy stuff I want or do things I want to do.
Stopping gambling was the first stage in my personal development, I have some appointments booked next week to get help trying to lose weight as that is a massive burden on my health and partly why I decided to stop playing the pokies to try get my mental health in a better place to tackle the next obstacle.