Quote of the year for me – You have to know where you are to know where you want to be.
I heard this when I was thinking of stopping drinking. I loved it. It made me realize that I was drinking too much. As I am someone always trying to be healthier I knew drinking was holding me back.
Another is if you want to change you have to change something. Simple, direct and so true. Another favorite.
I’m 99 days into no drinking with no real goal at the moment. Once I did my 90 days I just thought I would continue but I feel I need to commit to a length of time. To have something to work towards. I will do dry January for the first time in my life.
I never used to understand dry Jan, if someone said to me they were doing it I would be all confused and ask why? Why would someone choose to not drink for no reason? Lol what an idiot I am! Its because I was jealous, I didn’t think so at the time but its because I didn’t think I could do it so I would try to bring others down, makes me feel ashamed. Now look at me, 99 days in, I haven’t drank at the hardest time of the year and not dry Jan seems like a breeze. Not because I’m not so amazing at not drinking, far from it. Its because everyone else will be doing it. I want to experience a world where I dont have to explain why i am not drinking, I can just say I’m doing dry Jan and its accepted, no questions asked.
For anyone doing it, I have tips to help you get through it.
- I’m not going to go through every benefit as there are too many (see previous posts) but I do want to say that before I quit I was a healthy person, no medical conditions, a healthy weight, physically fit and no mental health problems. I have still seen so many benefits so imagine how great someone would feel if they are not healthy.
- Know what you are going to drink – Heineken zero for me has been my savior. I drank non-alcoholic prosecco on Christmas day. I make a really nice mocktail. Make an effort with your drinks to ensure you are still drinking what you enjoy and not just water.
- Become a morning person if you aren’t already – fill your days and take advantage of the fresh mornings, you will learn to love them. Sometimes being up an hour before everyone else is great, even if you just sit and have a brew in peace.
- Find a project to do throughout the month – by this I mean something you want to achieve that’s not about your health such as weight loss and gym gains. So something you’ve been meaning to do for ages like decorate that spare room, start painting or writing again, sign up and attend a cooking class, get the gist? I’m not going to say what mine is as its so lame!
- Make realistic health goals too! If you want to lower your blood pressure, go get it tested at the beginning and at the end to see what difference you have made to your health.
- Get creative with your social calendar – don’t plan in any boozy nights, just don’t unless you have too. You’ll struggle to enjoy yourself and then you’ll feel down about it and it may make you drink. I started indoor rock climbing and early morning walks. Team up with your mates and arrange sober activities to do.
- Sugar – when you quit alcohol you are taking out a lot of sugar form your diet and you may get sugar cravings. Be prepared. Try to find something that will satisfy your sweet tooth but wont pile on the weight. Otherwise if you are one of those annoying people that can eat anything and get away with it then eat what you want!
- If its your thing join a forum. The one year no bear Facebook forum is really inspiring and can help keep you on track and there are lots of free blogs on the internet.
- Revel in the benefits and you might go longer than a month.
Hope this helps xx