I decided to make a post to check in regarding my first month of quitting alcohol for one year. I only planned on checking in every 3 months or so, but believed that a one month check in was necessary.
As I am writing this, I am surpassing 6 weeks of not having a drop of alcohol, which means this is the longest I have ever gone without alcohol since my high school years.
How do I feel?
100x better than I even thought I would. I’ve noticed the light headedness I get has completely disappeared and I no longer feel extremely tired all the time. I feel energized, awakened, and very much alive! As I mentioned in my announcement post about quitting alcohol for a year, I spoke about how I would go through crazy bouts of sadness and depression after a night of drinking. This only happened less than 50% of the time, so I went into a night of drinking taking the risk of feeling like complete s*** physically and mentally the next day.
My acne has also cleared up on my face and back, and the amount of stress I have has significantly decreased. I radiate confidence and feel stronger than ever.
Oh yeah, and I’ve definitely enjoyed having the extra cash in my pocket every weekend. I was easily dropping $50 every time I went out with friends. I’ve also saved a ton of money on food as I am no longer eating at 3AM after a night of drinking.
The Year Ahead:
To be completely honest, I am afraid of how this year will go. In my mind I know this is possible to do, but all I can think about is how many events and functions I will be going to within the next year, not even including my Europe trip. Should I wait to do Europe until I am done? Should I feel bad that I want a glass of wine while in Italy stuffing my face with pasta? I am going to a bachelorette party, along with a wedding as well. I know both of these events will be difficult for me, but I am going regardless.
What is my plan when this one year of being sober is over?
Someone asked me what I plan on doing once the year is over. Do I plan on binge drinking and going out with friends every weekend? Of course not. That is so far from my mind that the simple thought of it makes me laugh.
My plan is to overcome the urge to drink at all of these events that I am attending the next year. This makes my willpower and strength grow stronger and stronger, such as if you were to say no to a certain food due to fitness goals. Your willpower gains strength and you have more control.
I recently went on a trip with my best friend in Nederland, Colorado and we went to a bar. I was surrounded by drinks and offered drinks as well, yet said no each time. It was difficult at first, but overtime it made me stronger than ever. I woke up the next morning also feeling amazing for the 6 mile hike we were doing, which made it even more clear that I don’t want to drink anymore (or at least like I used to).
Being a fitness and finance blogger has definitely encouraged and motivated me to quit drinking. I mean, what kind of role model can I possibly be to all of you if I feeding my body poison every weekend and wasting money on these nights out?