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Sober October

HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon I'm from Winnipeg, you idiot! (Chris Jericho)Posts: 22,833
so I know this is a bit late, but I started this about a week ago (slightly earlier than Oct 1). the first I heard of it (expecting collective groan) was through Joe Rogan. He and 3 of his comic buddies do it every year, although Joe is the only one participating this year (the other 3 say 2020 is too fucked up not to be fucked up). But I'm giving it a go. My first weekend was weird. 

there's a song by the Headstones called Smile & Wave, with lyrics that go like this:

Billy's got a PHD and Sara she's a teacher
they love to rock n roll and blow their brains out on the weekend, 
together they have built a world, a lot of it is real, 
we are here to ease them through the parts they can't conceal

I smile and wave

Billy and Sara are actually real people, friends of the band from way back. I relate to the first two lines in a big way. So back to my first weekend. it's odd. Usually I like to get a buzz on and it acts as sort of a "reset" for me that the week is done and on to a new one. This weekend just felt like any other day of the week, except i wasn't sitting at a desk all day. no hangovers, no drinking, no drugs. not even a beer. just a goddamn tasteless near beer. but whatever. my wife asked me if I wanted some no alcohol wine for canadian thanksgiving. i've tried that shit before. it's like gross apple juice. no thanks. i'll stick to water. or gravy. 

anyway, if anyone else is into this, feel free to start now we're only 6 days in. 
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  • elvistheking44elvistheking44 Posts: 3,572
    I did September. Lapsed a few times, but overall I lost 8 pounds and feel better than I have in a long time....good luck.
  • elvistheking44elvistheking44 Posts: 3,572
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  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 22,070
    Been doing that for over two years. Ha.

    Weed saves my sanity and helps my body in lieu of pills. Not giving that up. 
  • F Me In The BrainF Me In The Brain this knows everybody from other commetsPosts: 20,821
    Good on ya!
    Have done a sober month each of the last two years.  This time is was from late April to late May.  Piece of 🍰.  
    Not being physically addicted I found it no issue to take a month off.  Also, knowing it is only 30 days also made it pretty simple.  I fuck with myself frequently with way more difficult things.  

    If it were sober year or sober life....well, I would really need to feel that it was no choice in order to even have a chance at that.

    Hopefully this is something you like and can follow through with.  Can't be anything but good for your overall health.
    The love he receives is the love that is saved
  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon I'm from Winnipeg, you idiot! (Chris Jericho)Posts: 22,833
    hedonist said:
    Been doing that for over two years. Ha.

    Weed saves my sanity and helps my body in lieu of pills. Not giving that up. 
    the fist year rogan and his cronies did it, he continued to smoke weed. the following year the other guys complained he was kind of "cheating" by being allowed to still get fucked up. so now he goes full on sober. 

    i'm going full nothing intoxicating, but absolutely understand why some would still need to medicate with weed for sure. 
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    2003 - Fargo, ND
    2005 - Winnipeg, MB
    2011 - Minneapolis, MN (EV)
    2011 - Winnipeg, MB
    2014 - St. Paul, MN
    2020 - Ottawa, ON
  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 22,070
    Good on ya!
    Have done a sober month each of the last two years.  This time is was from late April to late May.  Piece of 🍰.  
    Not being physically addicted I found it no issue to take a month off.  Also, knowing it is only 30 days also made it pretty simple.  I fuck with myself frequently with way more difficult things.  

    If it were sober year or sober life....well, I would really need to feel that it was no choice in order to even have a chance at that.

    Hopefully this is something you like and can follow through with.  Can't be anything but good for your overall health.
    Well, you’re wonderfully masochistic in how you test yourself. 
  • F Me In The BrainF Me In The Brain this knows everybody from other commetsPosts: 20,821
    hedonist said:
    Good on ya!
    Have done a sober month each of the last two years.  This time is was from late April to late May.  Piece of 🍰.  
    Not being physically addicted I found it no issue to take a month off.  Also, knowing it is only 30 days also made it pretty simple.  I fuck with myself frequently with way more difficult things.  

    If it were sober year or sober life....well, I would really need to feel that it was no choice in order to even have a chance at that.

    Hopefully this is something you like and can follow through with.  Can't be anything but good for your overall health.
    Well, you’re wonderfully masochistic in how you test yourself. 



    Big ups to those who make the full commitment, like yourself!

    And....yes, I am an idiot!
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  • Halifax2TheMaxHalifax2TheMax Posts: 25,460
    hedonist said:
    Good on ya!
    Have done a sober month each of the last two years.  This time is was from late April to late May.  Piece of 🍰.  
    Not being physically addicted I found it no issue to take a month off.  Also, knowing it is only 30 days also made it pretty simple.  I fuck with myself frequently with way more difficult things.  

    If it were sober year or sober life....well, I would really need to feel that it was no choice in order to even have a chance at that.

    Hopefully this is something you like and can follow through with.  Can't be anything but good for your overall health.
    Well, you’re wonderfully masochistic in how you test yourself. 
    You should see him with the weights, jumper cables and car battery.
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  • F Me In The BrainF Me In The Brain this knows everybody from other commetsPosts: 20,821
    Hahaha.
    The love he receives is the love that is saved
  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 22,070
    hedonist said:
    Good on ya!
    Have done a sober month each of the last two years.  This time is was from late April to late May.  Piece of 🍰.  
    Not being physically addicted I found it no issue to take a month off.  Also, knowing it is only 30 days also made it pretty simple.  I fuck with myself frequently with way more difficult things.  

    If it were sober year or sober life....well, I would really need to feel that it was no choice in order to even have a chance at that.

    Hopefully this is something you like and can follow through with.  Can't be anything but good for your overall health.
    Well, you’re wonderfully masochistic in how you test yourself. 
    You should see him with the weights, jumper cables and car battery.
    :no_mouth:
  • mca47mca47 Posts: 12,744
    Can't start now as we're 7 days in.  November is out because of Thanksgiving.  December is out because of Christmas.  Jan...New Years.  Feb...my birthday.
    So it looks like I can participate next March.
  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 22,070
    mca47 said:
    Can't start now as we're 7 days in.  November is out because of Thanksgiving.  December is out because of Christmas.  Jan...New Years.  Feb...my birthday.
    So it looks like I can participate next March.
    You may have overlooked every non-Irishman’s holiday, St. Patrick’s. 
  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon I'm from Winnipeg, you idiot! (Chris Jericho)Posts: 22,833
    day 9 or so and i don't find this challenging at all. yet, anyway. not sure why i failed so many times before when trying to "take a break". i'd still love to sit down with a glass of Crown and a doob, but i am not missing the shit sleeps and hangovers and overeating and general feeling like shit. 

    this weekend might be tougher. long weekend. at least there's no family dinner to contend with. my sister would almost certainly drive me to drink. 
    1993 - Gimli, MB (Sun/Mudfest)
    2003 - Fargo, ND
    2005 - Winnipeg, MB
    2011 - Minneapolis, MN (EV)
    2011 - Winnipeg, MB
    2014 - St. Paul, MN
    2020 - Ottawa, ON
  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon I'm from Winnipeg, you idiot! (Chris Jericho)Posts: 22,833
    well this is fucking boring. 
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    2003 - Fargo, ND
    2005 - Winnipeg, MB
    2011 - Minneapolis, MN (EV)
    2011 - Winnipeg, MB
    2014 - St. Paul, MN
    2020 - Ottawa, ON
  • WhatYouTaughtMeWhatYouTaughtMe I have no idea what's going on right now!Posts: 4,898
    well this is fucking boring. 
    I've actually been doing it as well. It's been quite a bitch to fall asleep, as I'm used to heavy indica before bed. Other than that, not too bad. I don't think I have the desire to try no nut November...
  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 22,070
    “No nut November” :rofl:
  • WhatYouTaughtMeWhatYouTaughtMe I have no idea what's going on right now!Posts: 4,898
    hedonist said:
    “No nut November” :rofl:
    Yeah. For reasons that escape me, it's a thing. 
  • lastexitlondonlastexitlondon Posts: 6,293
    hedonist said:
    “No nut November” :rofl:
    Yeah. For reasons that escape me, it's a thing. 
    What's the  fucking deal with  this?
    Take the  last pleasure away. Wow
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  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon I'm from Winnipeg, you idiot! (Chris Jericho)Posts: 22,833
    well this is fucking boring. 
    I've actually been doing it as well. It's been quite a bitch to fall asleep, as I'm used to heavy indica before bed. Other than that, not too bad. I don't think I have the desire to try no nut November...
    i'm used to getting my Crown on, fridays and sometimes saturdays. so this is unchartered territory. i was the first one in bed last night. 
    1993 - Gimli, MB (Sun/Mudfest)
    2003 - Fargo, ND
    2005 - Winnipeg, MB
    2011 - Minneapolis, MN (EV)
    2011 - Winnipeg, MB
    2014 - St. Paul, MN
    2020 - Ottawa, ON
  • HobbesHobbes Pacific NorthwestPosts: 4,453
    well this is fucking boring. 
    I've actually been doing it as well. It's been quite a bitch to fall asleep, as I'm used to heavy indica before bed. Other than that, not too bad. I don't think I have the desire to try no nut November...
    i'm used to getting my Crown on, fridays and sometimes saturdays. so this is unchartered territory. i was the first one in bed last night. 
    Starting no nut November early, eh?

    "getting my Crown on" means what I think it means, right? :grin:
  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon I'm from Winnipeg, you idiot! (Chris Jericho)Posts: 22,833
    Hobbes said:
    well this is fucking boring. 
    I've actually been doing it as well. It's been quite a bitch to fall asleep, as I'm used to heavy indica before bed. Other than that, not too bad. I don't think I have the desire to try no nut November...
    i'm used to getting my Crown on, fridays and sometimes saturdays. so this is unchartered territory. i was the first one in bed last night. 
    Starting no nut November early, eh?

    "getting my Crown on" means what I think it means, right? :grin:
    haha. crown royal. 
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    2003 - Fargo, ND
    2005 - Winnipeg, MB
    2011 - Minneapolis, MN (EV)
    2011 - Winnipeg, MB
    2014 - St. Paul, MN
    2020 - Ottawa, ON
  • Spiritual_ChaosSpiritual_Chaos Posts: 21,730
    I wish I had such a fun life that I drank so much that I needed a Sober October.
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  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon I'm from Winnipeg, you idiot! (Chris Jericho)Posts: 22,833
    it really is irrelevant how much one drinks. you can have one beer a week and still do it. 
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    2003 - Fargo, ND
    2005 - Winnipeg, MB
    2011 - Minneapolis, MN (EV)
    2011 - Winnipeg, MB
    2014 - St. Paul, MN
    2020 - Ottawa, ON
  • WhatYouTaughtMeWhatYouTaughtMe I have no idea what's going on right now!Posts: 4,898
    it really is irrelevant how much one drinks. you can have one beer a week and still do it. 
    Yeah, I only drink socially so it's not a big deal for me. But I smoke/eat weed everyday these days. If anything it will be nice to reset my tolerance. 
  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon I'm from Winnipeg, you idiot! (Chris Jericho)Posts: 22,833
    it really is irrelevant how much one drinks. you can have one beer a week and still do it. 
    Yeah, I only drink socially so it's not a big deal for me. But I smoke/eat weed everyday these days. If anything it will be nice to reset my tolerance. 
    don't you think resetting your tolerance would take longer than a month?
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    2003 - Fargo, ND
    2005 - Winnipeg, MB
    2011 - Minneapolis, MN (EV)
    2011 - Winnipeg, MB
    2014 - St. Paul, MN
    2020 - Ottawa, ON
  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 22,070
    it really is irrelevant how much one drinks. you can have one beer a week and still do it. 
    Yeah, I only drink socially so it's not a big deal for me. But I smoke/eat weed everyday these days. If anything it will be nice to reset my tolerance. 
    don't you think resetting your tolerance would take longer than a month?
    When I came home from the hospital after a week, my tolerance had lowered considerably. Happened every time, actually. And I use a lot of THC daily. 

    SC, drinking (or even smoking) a fuckton doesn’t necessarily equate to a great or fun life. 
  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon I'm from Winnipeg, you idiot! (Chris Jericho)Posts: 22,833
    hedonist said:
    it really is irrelevant how much one drinks. you can have one beer a week and still do it. 
    Yeah, I only drink socially so it's not a big deal for me. But I smoke/eat weed everyday these days. If anything it will be nice to reset my tolerance. 
    don't you think resetting your tolerance would take longer than a month?
    When I came home from the hospital after a week, my tolerance had lowered considerably. Happened every time, actually. And I use a lot of THC daily. 

    SC, drinking (or even smoking) a fuckton doesn’t necessarily equate to a great or fun life. 
    interesting. i would have thought it would take a lot longer than that. 
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    2003 - Fargo, ND
    2005 - Winnipeg, MB
    2011 - Minneapolis, MN (EV)
    2011 - Winnipeg, MB
    2014 - St. Paul, MN
    2020 - Ottawa, ON
  • WhatYouTaughtMeWhatYouTaughtMe I have no idea what's going on right now!Posts: 4,898
    it really is irrelevant how much one drinks. you can have one beer a week and still do it. 
    Yeah, I only drink socially so it's not a big deal for me. But I smoke/eat weed everyday these days. If anything it will be nice to reset my tolerance. 
    don't you think resetting your tolerance would take longer than a month?
    Nah, I mean it will never be like the first time again, but anytime I've taken a break I get too high for public when I spark back up. 
  • WhatYouTaughtMeWhatYouTaughtMe I have no idea what's going on right now!Posts: 4,898
    hedonist said:
    it really is irrelevant how much one drinks. you can have one beer a week and still do it. 
    Yeah, I only drink socially so it's not a big deal for me. But I smoke/eat weed everyday these days. If anything it will be nice to reset my tolerance. 
    don't you think resetting your tolerance would take longer than a month?
    When I came home from the hospital after a week, my tolerance had lowered considerably. Happened every time, actually. And I use a lot of THC daily. 

    SC, drinking (or even smoking) a fuckton doesn’t necessarily equate to a great or fun life. 
    Great point. In fact, being completely sober is a good time to work on things you have trouble with. I find great comfort in being able to enjoy things without the aid of substances. If we're able to be objective and honest with ourselves, it's a good way to evaluate what really does bring us joy in our lives. Every time I've abstained for awhile, I found myself having thoughts and feelings I'd been neglecting. For me it's good for the soul. 
  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 22,070
    hedonist said:
    it really is irrelevant how much one drinks. you can have one beer a week and still do it. 
    Yeah, I only drink socially so it's not a big deal for me. But I smoke/eat weed everyday these days. If anything it will be nice to reset my tolerance. 
    don't you think resetting your tolerance would take longer than a month?
    When I came home from the hospital after a week, my tolerance had lowered considerably. Happened every time, actually. And I use a lot of THC daily. 

    SC, drinking (or even smoking) a fuckton doesn’t necessarily equate to a great or fun life. 
    Great point. In fact, being completely sober is a good time to work on things you have trouble with. I find great comfort in being able to enjoy things without the aid of substances. If we're able to be objective and honest with ourselves, it's a good way to evaluate what really does bring us joy in our lives. Every time I've abstained for awhile, I found myself having thoughts and feelings I'd been neglecting. For me it's good for the soul. 
    Not to derail, but when I quit alcohol, I wondered how the hell I would ever enjoy anything again.

    Man, was I wrong. 
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