We made it! I did it! I went 50 (actually 53 total) completely sober. I did not have any alcohol. Zero. Nada. Nilch. NyQuil doesn't count because I was very very ill.
I can honestly say I am very proud of myself. Alcohol is something I have a relationship with – something I have found that I love dearly. I needed to re-adjust that relationship though, and I feel I have been successful at that. Here is the recap of the reasoning behind Sober 'Til. October.
That being said, I CANNOT FREAKING WAIT to have a beer tonight. Mostly to celebrate this great success, but also to toast to my first day of vacation! 10 day road trip here we come!
Overall, this break from alcohol has been great for me. It taught me things and surprised me a lot.
5 things I learned from this challenge:
- I’m a lazy person. I will be lazy on weekends weather I did drink or not. I thought without hangovers my weekends were going to turn into these jam-packed cleaning, cooking and working out weekends. Ha. No. I still spent a lot of time on the couch. I did feel AMAZING sitting on that couch though instead of like a bag of shit.
- People respect when you say no to alcohol. I don’t think I really had a single person pressure me to drink over these 50 days. I did do a lot of explaining, why I was doing it and what it was. And I was surprised by people’s responses. Most were impressed. All respected it. It was a nice change, although I purposely tried not to put myself in situations where people might seriously pressure me.
- Life is kind of boring without alcohol. I spent a lot of weekend nights in. And you know what? I’m ok with it. I don’t feel like my life was less without it, just slower, more relaxed. It is kind of nice to use the weekend to re-charge instead of spend it going on all cylinders.
- Drinking is expensive. Ok, I knew that one already. But seriously, a month and a half of drinking/going out savings in my pocket just in time for vacation. Boom.
- You don’t feel that different. Sure I didn’t have hangovers WINNING!!! But, since I didn’t change my diet all that much I didn’t have a distinct feeling of “better.” Last time that I did a stint with no alcohol I also ate SUPER clean and I did feel way better. This time however without the clean diet, the removing the alcohol did not make that big of a difference.
So, was it some life altering experience? No. Sorry. I do think it was very very good for me. It helped me realize that my weekends don’t need to revolve around alcohol, that it’s ok to say no, and that I can be a happy, healthy person without it.
Will I do it again? Possibly. Preferably when it’s not football season next time.
Thanks so much to my partner and supporter Blake for joining in this challenge. And to all of you lovely blogger friends that had such kind words of encouragement. You truly helped keep me on track!
And because I feel it ties in so well… my favorite quote, via Nike.
Because what better philosophy to live life by? Give up alcohol? Why not? Just do it.
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Till next time,