For my 150th post - I'm taking on a 50 day challenge!
My relationship with alcohol started in college. To say I ever drank in moderation would be a complete lie. Sitting around with my girlfriends now, looking back on how we drank 3+ nights a week in college, makes me almost physically ill. Sorry liver…
In college there were several occasions my drinking was out of hand. I would do horrible, ridiculous things while blacked-out and assed-out. I am embarrassed even thinking about them now. I can remember how it felt to be told the day later what had happened the night before and being mortified.
While I thoroughly enjoyed my college experience and still graduated with honors despite my active party life, it is not a lifestyle I could ever go back to. Sure I miss not getting hang overs, not having to go to class till 11:00 AM and having summers, spring break etc. OK – let’s be real, college is AWESOME. But now there is no way my body could handle it.
Somewhere between 24 and 25 my body had had enough. Enter hangovers. The bad kind, with puking (which is more of me violently screaming why projectile vomiting/crying) until late in the evening. This is usually followed with 1-2 days of recovering from the puking, which makes my whole body hurt.
Now a days I don’t go out all the time. But when I do, I usually over-do it. I end up throwing a fit or crying at the end of the night and wake up the next day completely useless.
And I’m over it.
That’s why after talking to Blake over at Blake’s EverydayAdventures I decided it might be a good idea to give it up for a while. Thus “Sober ‘till October” was born.
Blake and I have challenged each other to stay sober (not a single drink!) until October 15th, 50 days from today. It is something we feel strongly about and are going to help each other with. Our goal is that by the end of 50 days we will not only feel incredibly better, but we will have broken our dependence and desire for alcohol, so that we no longer over-do it when drinking.
50 days is a long time. I know it will be hard. I know I am going to want a cold beer while I watch football. But 7 weeks from now I might not feel the same – and that’s the feeling I’m after.
|I was pretty proud I finished "das boot" all in one chug!|
I will just have to keep in mind all the reasons I am doing this:
- Because I want to be successful in my fitness and health goals
- Because I want to stop poisoning my body
- Because I want to feel comfortable in social situations without alcohol
- Because I want to be OK going to the gym on a Friday night instead of the bar
- Because I want to have productive Saturdays and Sundays
- Because my boyfriend/friends should never have to take care of me because I’m intoxicated
- Because I will have more energy throughout the week
- Because I will lose weight and feel better
- Because I will save money
- Because my money can be better spent than on poisoning my body
- Because I need to learn how to have fun without alcohol
- Because I don’t ever want to have a hangover again
- Because I need to harness and strengthen my willpower
- Because I have accepted this challenge, and I am not a quitter.
These, and so many other reasons, prove it makes sense for me to take a break. I need to do this for myself, and prove to myself that I can do it.
Yes, it will be a challenge. But nothing good in life comes easy.
If you want to follow along with Blake and me on this journey, check in on Thursdays (starting next week) as we re-cap how the challenge is going and highlight the benefits of going alcohol free. We will be keeping up with it on social media as well, with #sobertilloctober. We would love for you to join in. Feel free to use the hashtag with your sober fun!
What are your thoughts? Do you want to join us on this challenge? Whether taking on the challenge or just being supportive, we hope you follow along.
And since all this drinking and my goal to give it up for a while IS a confession! Let's link up with Kathy!