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Handling Spring

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:55 pm
by lodog
Today I am 87 days gamble free - and wow has there been some rollercoaster ups and downs.

Being a (former) horse racing fanatic, I have been giving thought to how I would handle Spring.

For me: One punt is too many, and a punt on every single race in a day is not enough.

I would love to hear from some former horse racing gamblers on how they've dealt with Spring Carnival in the past and some good strategies to put in place. I know that first Tuesday of November is probably a day worth taking a leave day for, even to avoid the office sweepstakes.

Re: Handling Spring

Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:48 am
by StopPunt
Hey mate,

I too was all about the horses. Overtook my life. Yes every race had to have something on to get a buzz from the race.

Im not looking forward to Spring carnival time. I dont know what strategies to use but Id say just steer clear of pubs (especially on main race days). Exclude yourself from sportsbet etc try not to surround yourself with punting types or conversations and mainly just tell yourself "what is the point?" Thats what i keep doing. But it is tough coz ut was a big part of my everyday life.

Every Melbourne cup Id take the day off and the next day and have a huge punting/drinking day but this year Im going to work. Going to have a normal Tuesday and by the time Im home the race is over and done and I wont have the temptations.

Stick to the 100 day Challenge and it gets to a point where I DO NOT want to go back to day zero.

Anyway mate good luck.

Re: Handling Spring

Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 4:58 pm
by Jerry (facilitator)
Hi Lodog,

I am not a gambler myself, but I have worked with various addictions for a number of years. the main strategies that I suggest involve replacing gambling rather than just trying not to gamble.

It's a lot easier not to think about gambling when you are fishing, rock climbing or camping. Much harder not to think about it if you are at home watching t.v.

So take leave on Melbourne cup, but use that leave for something interesting.

Find a way to reward yourself without gambling

Re: Handling Spring

Posted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:39 pm
by StopPunt
So hard still.

Im on the verge of 600 days without a bet but just flicking channels and seeing the Spring Carnival makes me want to load up on the horses.

Im not going to but it would scratch that itch and be oh so satisfying... for about 5 seconds.... then Id be DEVASTATED!!

Id have to start back at day zero. Nearly 600 days gamble free down the drain!!

Its just not worth it.

Anyway the racing day is over and were about to go out for dinner and be happy rather than guilty and regretful.

Keep strong everyone.


Re: Handling Spring

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:15 pm
by dragon007 (facilitator)
Hey StopPunt

Well done on your insights, recognizing your significant achievements in being gambling free is important, and being vigilant during tough times shows your resolve.

All the best.

Re: Handling Spring

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:27 pm
by Giveupforgood
600 days thats bloody amazing!

I went 3 to months leading into the carnival but i was always going to give in which im ok with really. Over the last month and a half ive only got carried away a few times.....i wish it were none but ive definalty improved my gambling behaviour. I plan now to have another long spell.

I love the horses to much......i also part own a couple which makes it hard to cut ties. I have kind of accepted that im always going to have a bet but im really working hard on limiting myself to a level where o dont get carried away. If i can have a bet here and there or just bet the carnivals without getting carried away then i will be more than happy. Ive done alot of trial and error over the last few years and im slowly getting there.

Re: Handling Spring

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:02 am
by dragon007 (facilitator)
Hi Givingupforgood

Well done on knowing yourself and sticking to your limits.


Re: Handling Spring

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:51 pm
by StopPunt
Hi Givingupforgood

Yeah its tough. Id LOVE to be able to just have a punt every now n then but I know it'll turn into every weekend, then twice a week then back to every day, then sports betting as well. All my work would be undone.

Ive always wanted to get a share in a horse but yeah I reckon I'd wanna back it each time.

All good. 600 days is only a year and 9 months so while good its not overly that long.

Still dealing with financial scars from it all. So until the debts are all gone I wont entertain the thought.

My biggest test will he when my debts are gone and I have disposable income to play with.

Can't fall back into it.

At least Im aware I guess.

Keep up the great work everyone

#Day614 ??

Re: Handling Spring

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:54 am
by StopPunt
Woooo Ive made it...

2 years without a bet!!

Started this journey March 17th 2017 and have made it 2 years.

Feels great. So proud of myself.

Watch a few races now n then but its all become about not going back to day 0.

We can do it.

All the best to people struggling. Stay strong.

Re: Handling Spring

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:15 am
by sherpa09 (facilitator)
Hi StopPunt,

Its Sherpa09 here, (one of the moderators on the forum). Well done on reaching 2 years bet-free!!! That's fantastic news, its always great to hear of such strength and resilience in moving forward to reaching your goals. Keep up the great work and look forward to your future posts. Well done again!