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Is it really me?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by kserg, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. kserg


    Feb 20, 2004
    San Jose, CA
    You know what’s weird... I know this will freak a lot of you guy out but...

    I stopped drinking... Not forever, until 4th of July no more alcohol. I Started hockey back up so trying to get back into shape for it. I dropped cigs more then a year ago, still do the stuff I am not allowed to talk about here but it doesn’t affect me much health wise.

    I don’t recognize myself. Just out of no where quit cigs after many years of smoking never understood how either. Now this... It’s not me. I am very glad about cigs btw, never felt better.

    Strange huh?

    Last night a party, I didn’t drink, felt strange but wasn’t a big deal. Tonight a huge party, this will be strange but I don’t know if it will be a big deal (probably not). Big deal will be when my buddy (also bassist) comes around. Me and him usually take shots when we hang out/eat, yes he is also Russian (well Armenian but cultures are pretty close and I’ve lived there too, so), he is old school too, like my parents age so just picture it. This will be strange; I can see the look he is going to give me.

    Now on to getting in shape, I missed being in shape and being good at hockey, cant wait to get back into it. Need to drop like 100 pounds :) I am good when i am around 220.
  2. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Keep a bottle of water in your hand during the party to help resist the urge to take a shot or grab a beeer.

  3. Good for you.

    I think I went through the same thing when I was your age. One day I pretty much just stopped hitting the bottle. Didn't quit, just stopped partying hard. Two reasons, I just wanted to be able to get up the next morning with out feeling like crap, but mostly, like hockey for you, some priority takes over and you simply grow out of it. It's good to know I'm not an alcoholic and that me and my liver will have a long life together. :p
  4. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005
  5. kserg


    Feb 20, 2004
    San Jose, CA

    Thanks! I was thinking of what to do while there, but that sounds like a plan... i'll do that. I don't really mind not drinking, its just strange, i am not used to it. :)

    My drinking habit was never a bad one, don’t get me wrong. I am one of those people who “can” drink a lot but rarely do so. Once in a while I would drink a lot (like 13 shots of 170% moonshine while chasing it with sky vodka) but this is very rare. I think the real reason behind stopping drinking is calories, alcohol is full of them and I am sure it will help me in my weight loss.

    Of to the party i go, i guess i'll be only sobber poker player there, hope to come back with some money. :)
  6. Riiiiight. :D
    I would be mostly concerned about the calories too. ;)

    I didn't have a problem with it either. My drink was rum and coke and very rarely had shots. Only drank on the weekends and it never effected my work, band, or personal life. It was usually when I did drink it was in excess. I stopped doing that.

    Great idea!
    It will also keep people from asking if you want a drink.
  7. Jimbo


    Dec 4, 2000
    Philadelphia, PA
    my roommate is a frat brother and whenever they host parties, by rule, he's not allowed to drink

    so he spends the night on the dance floor.

    i don't know if you dance, but if you do, there you go!

  8. Just keep thinking about a REALLY bad beer. Like Tecate. Or anything with a Budweiser logo.:D

    Rock on
  9. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Why bother going back to drinking after the 4th of July?
  10. Along the the same lines as Munji's question, July 4th may come and go without you even WANTING a drink. I went through a similar situation for similar reasons.

    I was grossly overweight at my wedding in July 2005, (312lbs, 6'2"), and needed to completely overhaul my lifestyle. Drinking too much, and eating WAY too much. So I sought the help of a Naturopath, and we began to nourish my body, rather than poison it. It was no problem quitting the booze (had to change a few friends along the way), but the food was a different story. I REALLY had a tough time with it, but that's for another thread.......

    Anyway, starting dry in October (already down to 292 lbs), I said that I would allow myself to have limited amounts of booze at Xmas (English, Irish, Scottish family :D), and then again on my B-Day (March). Xmas arrived, and I knew that I was "allowed" to have a drink, but decided not to. I had already lost about 30 lbs, was feeling AWESOME, and didn't really feel the need for booze. The holidays came and went and I remained dry until my B-day a few weeks ago. I had now lost about 70 lbs, so my friends and I celebrated. Definitely not the way I used to, that's for sure, and I didn't drink to excess. But I felt, to put it mildly, "not so hot" the next day. Needless to say, it's not really a struggle for me to turn down a drink. I can have the occasional one or two, but "partying" the way I used to will remain a hazy memory. ;)

    More power to you, man! With my weight loss I went from one of the slowest, "non-players" to 2nd in points this year on our hockey team! You'll feel like a brand new person! I've posted before and after pics on a couple of other threads, so I won't do it again here...........you guys are probably getting sick of seeing them. ;)
  11. Awesome man! I've been playing hockey for about 9 years, I'd have to change my position if I gained a hundred pounds. At 6'4" and 300 lbs (if I gained 100), I would have to be the Fat Guy That Stands In The Way. Instead of the pretty big guy beating people. Good luck with hockey and your new partying!
  12. LOL! I guess that's exactly who I was! I really TRIED, but I doubt I did much good away from the front of the net!
  13. kserg


    Feb 20, 2004
    San Jose, CA
    Well reason one is I am Russian :)

    Really, same reason people stop eating bread when they try to loose weight, because once they lost it the can have some amount of bread once in a while. I like to drink sometimes.

    4 of July is pretty big, it’s about 10 days of camping and I like to sometimes have a drink still, not quitting because I have problem it just really does get in the way of getting in shape. Like if I was drunk right now no way I was going to gym tomorrow, since I am not, tomorrow I will. :)

    I figured when I get in shape I can do all those things again because it will be easier to be active. :)

    BTW I got 3rd place in the poker so won some money. The final 6 places I was done, I was chip leader and I just wanted out of the game. Few people just got to me, not their playing just them, in a casino they would have probably be in jail by now. One just stole my chips in front of my face. Not took by playing, I folded before the flop and he just grabbed my chips (lots of them) along with few chips he won on the table. It was a mess, one hand was played for 15 minutes, table broken, etc.
    It really took me until 3rd place to get ride of all my chips that’s how much in lead I was. I think I was pretty much one taken people out. Out of 19 people playing 3 tables I took out 10 (almost took out 12 but someone rivered).

    PS thanks for water tip, it kind of worked. Still had people asking me, but oh well. Downside of being sober at party, have to give everyone ride back home. :D

  14. kserg


    Feb 20, 2004
    San Jose, CA
    Thats cool, i am sorry (or not sure what to say cuz it might be a good thing) about loosing friends over this. I am very much sure i wont have to do that though, lucky i guess. :)

    I is i still like to drink :) i never had problem not drinking so today was pretty easy.
  15. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    I'm sober since august 2004, haven't been drunk ever since and I don't miss it, ever.
  16. ok what did you do ? :D
  17. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Ehm, binged myself senseless from time to time between 15 and 18 so I felt that it was time for a change. I wanted to try for a few months without alcohol and now I haven't been drunk for a long while.
  18. I think I'm going to make a change, as well. i want to lose some weigth and tighten up, which won't be difficult; alas, I do drink a lot. I'm currently dirnking of my "pints of death" atm!

    the main reason is becuase over the festive season I drank A LOT of absinth and abused it... I drank what I liked; I always drank what I liked, but to excess often, and rarely I went a day without a drink - which still applies; alas, I think I burned my stomach from too much absinthe (70 or 80%). I don't get wicked hangovers after a binge; just a wicked sore stomach; feels like im having a baby and im starving, yet feeling full. It hurts like hell.
  19. Thanks for the kind words. It's a good thing, it seems that our only common interest was being drunk together. They couldn't understand why I was doing what I was doing, and they still enjoyed getting wasted, but it wasn't fun for me anymore. It's for the best.

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    All the best with it Serg ! :)

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