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“You’re at your most vulnerable right after you score a goal”

 

When I heard this, something clicked for me.

 

I’d been trying to stop drinking for ages.  I knew I was drinking too much, and I knew that moderation was waaayyy too hard for me, so I was aiming to stop completely.

 

I would set a date, read all the quit lit, psych myself up and – stop! Yay. 

 

Day 1: This is hard but I am determined.

Day 2: I can do this!

Day 3: I don’t know why I was so worried.  It’s hard but not THAT hard.

Day 4: This is so easy, I think I can probably have just one ….

Day 5: Oh shit.  What was I thinking??!! Waaah! I’m stuck again.

 

Then I read the quote “You’re at your most vulnerable right after you score a goal” and I realised what was happening. 

 

The hard bit wasn’t Day 1.  I had to keep my guard up the whole time.  For days and weeks and months,...

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