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 ToffiCake (original poster new member #82799) posted at 5:23 PM on Monday, April 17th, 2023

I little bit of an update for anyone who is willing to read the follow up.
I still struggled to maintain no contact for some time. It had been some on and off contact where I really struggled to pull myself through it. He wouldn't make things much easier for me, because it was either me or him who broke it.
In the meanwhile I undertook the therapy where it had been suggested that it would be better to leave my husband and maybe I never truly loved him, but my husband absolutely refused to let me go. It also struck me during the therapy that I couldn't understand why would I really want to leave, because there was love between us at the beginning and we've been through a lot, and deep inside I refused to believe it is completely gone between us. The feelings slowly started to return.
I also decided to take things into my own hands and studied more about limerence and limerence affairs. It made sense to me since I've been bouncing back and forth between my husband and AP. I often felt it's more like addiction than love, and the infutation slowly started to fade away, and I started to see more negatives than positives within my AP. I slowly managed to maintain no contact for longer and longer, to the point I realized I don't really need him in my life.

So yes, if you struggle, remember - it always fades away at some point. There are times it hurts, there are times it's bad, but if your spouse is good and fights for you - just appreciate it. Love will come back. Infutation with your AP will fade away.

WS
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Trying to reconcile

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SkipThumelue ( member #82934) posted at 2:36 PM on Wednesday, April 19th, 2023

You are on the right track, TC. It does get easier as you stick to it. Almost 4 years later, I can look back on my excuses for maintaining contact as ridiculous and awful. Sounds like you are on your way there.

WH

DD: 5/2019

Reconciling and extremely grateful.

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 ToffiCake (original poster new member #82799) posted at 9:28 AM on Saturday, May 13th, 2023

I wanted to post an update now to how I screwed up, so that other people can read and think twice.

I made my previous post when I felt that my feelings for my H started to return. However, it was when I had intense intrusive thoughts about my AP and his ex girlfriend and I started to resent my AP in favor of my husband because of this. I obsessively kept imagining them doing things in bed several times a day and I wanted the thoughts to end, so I seeked solace in my husband.

We were still in contact and I kept bouncing back and forth between both of them, wanting to leave my H one moment, then wanting to stay at home and cut all the contact with the AP.

I thought many times about finally leaving my H, but my requirement was that unless I meet my AP in person, I won't do anything. So in March we decided to meet up for just a day for coffee and that was supposed to be it.

But me, as a cheater and a disgusting liar, decided to go to meet him for a few days, using as an excuse my need to spend some time alone.

Obviously,as a result, I "fell in love" with the AP even more.

The guilt was killing me and I admitted everything to my H and asked for a divorce, so that he doesn't have to be with a shit like me.

My H was heartbroken, but still refused to let me go, telling me I'm not myself anymore and that my AP will hurt me in the long run.

My AP started to push me again to actually file for divorce so that we can be together, but deep down my gut feeling was telling me that, first of all, I'm not yet ready for it, and second of all, that I'm making a mistake, because I'm leaving someone who loves me unconditionally for a complete uncertainty and unknown. Plus, I would lose literally everything I have in exchange for him.

In the meantime, my H and I went for a trip abroad that we planned 3 months ago, and we started to get a bit closer to each other, but part of me still resented him after cheating on him. I didn't want any intimacy because I felt like I'm cheating on my AP. At the same time, my "need" to talk to AP started to diminish.

When we got back I asked again for a divorce in heat of the moment, without being completely sure if I want it. I started to pack my stuff my heart was racing like crazy and I felt pushed by the AP to do it, which caused me to resent my AP to the point where I went from being madly in love with him to barely talking to him. Deep inside I didn't want to leave the place I considered my home and where I felt considerably safe, just alone.

My husband and I decided to sit together and talk things through. I admitted I'm struggling a lot to cut contact with AP because I convinced myself I don't love my husband and I love the AP. The truth is that I don't have any romantic feelings towards my H at all. On the other hand, I know it's more like being obsessed about my AP than true love. The truth is that it's the chase for "a better life" with my AP that wants me to do it. I desire him sexually and apparently I became quite possessive of him. My husband pointed out that it's my desire for a romance and freshness that we had once at the beginning that keeps this affair going. That I seek what has been lost between us, and I found it outside the marriage.

My H loves me so much he's ready to forgive me everything, but we both would have to change A LOT to make things work. He also suggested that maybe I started to develop bipolar disorder. My mother suggested that as well when I talked to her. In the mornings I can't sleep because I have intense fears of either leaving my marriage, then throughout the day, when I start to ruminate about my AP again, the feelings change and I think about divorce.

The truth is that if I really felt bad in my marriage and wanted to leave, I would already do it. I have trust issues towards my AP, and at the same time I don't have romantic feelings towards my H. He doesn't drive me sexually or romantically anymore.

This has been going on for a year and I'm completely lost. IC didn't help me at all and I'd say it even made more mess in my stupid head.

I thought what a horrible person I am and I even thought about suicide and overdosing the sleeping pills to end myself. I cry most of the day from both hurting my H and AP.

For now I moved to my parents to separate from both H and AP. I asked my parents to babysit me, so that I actually don't talk to both of them. I have hopes that it will allow me to see through all my feelings that I keep succumbing to. Also I'll book a psychiatrist appointment to change the meds and try to get some diagnose (or maybe I'm just stupid).

I really need help, I have nobody to talk to about it, I feel alone with all this...

[This message edited by ToffiCake at 10:10 AM, Saturday, May 13th]

WS
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ff4152 ( member #55404) posted at 11:26 AM on Saturday, May 13th, 2023

Sorry but the only advice I can give you is to leave your husband. You are being incredibly selfish with what you’re doing. You don’t really want your marriage nor do you have any real love or respect for your husband. Do him a kindness, D him and let him find someone who will love him like he deserves to be.

[This message edited by ff4152 at 11:30 AM, Saturday, May 13th]

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BraveSirRobin ( member #69242) posted at 8:00 PM on Saturday, May 13th, 2023

I think you're on the right track separating from both of them. The solution to your problems isn't in either man's bed. It's in you figuring out how to be a whole person on your own.

WW/BW

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