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Unformatted text preview: Brittani Richter Abstinence Project I gave up spending disposable income; spending money on anything that is not necessary to live; anything but rent, groceries, bills, gas, and school supplies, particularly giving up shopping, eating out, snacks, and weekend fun expensive. When I first thought of this to give up, I thought it would take a week before it really hit me. That it would show me more of the economic side of addiction along with the withdrawal from not being able shop, eat out, or buy water at the gym. However, it hit me the day I stopped. I take a spin class at the recreation center on Tuesday and Thursdays and on Tuesdays, a group always goes to eat afterwards. I was not able to go those four weeks unless I wanted to sit and watch others eat, which I did one time. I started on a Tuesday so that first night I really wanted to say ehh, I will start tomorrow but I resisted the urge and went home and made my own dinner. Then came the weekend one of the hardest parts of the whole project it was coming close to a week mark and it was a friends birthday that Saturday but I was not able to go eat with the group because of the project and I knew if I went with them I would end up relapsing. On that day, I truly began to hate this darn project I wanted to say forget this darn class I am going to celebrate my friends birthday but I stayed strong. to celebrate my friends birthday but I stayed strong....
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- Spring '08