The title of this blog post is scary. NO VINO? Yes, I’m afraid so. For the last month (it will be a month this coming weekend) I haven’t had any alcohol…and no, it’s not because I cannot live without out the stuff or was having “issues” it was just that I wanted to do a cleanse and knew it would be a great challenge.
10 Things about “no boozing” this month:
- Mondays feel great- awake and raring to go Monday morning.
- It has made me realize who the real “influencers” are AKA the people who push drinking
- Jeans fit better.
- Stomach is happier; less kefir and tums needed
- Sharper-feel more focused and put together
- Awareness of who the frequent drinkers are
- Face is less puffy; complexion is vibrant
- Workouts are more productive: more miles and higher intensity
- Realization of benefits and are going to go on month long challenges intermittently.
- Entertaining “no alcohol” responses:
“You’re doing a what? Whyyyyyy?”
“Good for you, I couldn’t do that”
“Well that sucks”
“Sure you don’t want a vodka water?”
“Just have a sip, I won’t tell anybody”
“Champagne? It’s a gooood one!”
“You’re missing out, this wine is fabulous”
“You want a beer?” Reply: “I don’t drink beer and I am not drinking this month” Response: “wait so you are like… sober?”
“Ohhhh so your one of those healthy chicks”
“You don’t have a drink in your hand?” Answer: “nope, no I don’t” “what do you want?” Answer: I am good, thanks” Reply: “Oh, ok cool, I will get you some tequila”
“Wait, you’re not drinking?! It’s your birthday!!!…you’re going to be sober on your birthday?!”
…And the best yet….standing with a glass of water (no ice) “heyyyyy, what do you got in there?”Reply: “Vodka, yea I am hardcore” taking a sip and pretending to wince.
All in all I will have to say it’s been a great experience. I would definitely recommend giving it a try if you:
– Need to lose a few pounds
-Are sick of rough nights
-Feel sluggish and lethargic
-Training for an athletic event
-Going through a rough patch: alcohol is a depressant and if you are already sad or down, it’s a good idea to take a leave of absence
It is definitely a challenge, but it’s worth the trouble and you can learn a lot about yourself and others in the process.