I kicked the “no-alcohol challenge” in the butt!

On Tuesday of this week, I completed my 30-day challenge of no drinking, of absolutely zero alcohol for a whole month. Ya’ll, I still cannot believe that I did it! I am super proud of myself and mainly because I proved to myself that I can do anything if I really set my mind on it. I learned a lot about myself during this 30 day sober period. I had started to use alcohol as an outlet for pain and for sadness. I don’t want that for myself. I want to have a drink or two to celebrate but that’s about it. I have decided that I don’t really even have to have it to have fun.

Okay, so what really helped me to accomplish this goal of no alcoholic beverages for 30 days was mainly changing my environment, people and places. I distanced myself from all individuals that might influence me to drink. Now, I am by no means saying that people that drink are bad influences, I just mean that if they are having a yummy drink that looks so good, then that will influence me in itself.  Why put myself there if I know how bad that temptation would be for me. Another thing was avoiding places.  I avoided places that served the best drinks and opted for places that typically were a no-drink zone for me. I still had a few instances where I would still meet up with family or friends at a bar but I made sure to tell them beforehand that I was not drinking and most of them decided to be supportive. For those instances I ordered a Diet Coke because water did not cut it. As a matter of fact, there was even one time that the individual that I met up for dinner decided to not drink and we both had water that night. I quickly told that they didn’t have to do that but they said it was okay and that they wanted to be supportive. There was one occasion that I can remember where everyone at the table had an alcoholic drink and they all looked so good but I was able to say “no, thank you”. The hardest time during the whole month of this challenge was at the very beginning of the month. Adjusting my schedule and saying no to many outings was not easy. Once I made the half-way point, I was like oh yeah, I have to stay sober now. I kept telling myself, “I can do this. I am half-way done”. Ya’ll it is two days into the month of May and I have yet to have a drink. Wow. Just wow.

The best part of the 30 day challenge was the change that I started seeing in my body. Of course, I am exercising and eating better as well but I do think that avoiding beer has definitely helped me lose the weight even faster than I would have lost it continuing to drink the same. I have slimmed down quite a bit. I don’t know how many inches but I was in a size 16 and I fit in a 14 now. At the beginning of April I weighed around 215 pounds. Today, I weigh 207 pounds. That is 8 pounds lost just this month. Now, I can’t attribute most of that weight-loss to avoiding alcohol but what I can say is that I have worked out and eaten healthy before without leaving the alcohol out and the results were not as strong. This goes to show you that alcohol really does set back your fitness goals. If you are eating healthier and exercising and still not seeing results, try to take the beer or sugary drinks out of the equation and see what happens. I bet that you will lose some weight.

Anyway, this challenge was a tough one you guys! It took a lot of determination and effort! If you decide to do it make sure that you track your days and make sure that you eliminate your temptations or triggers. Once you figure out your triggers, you can find a solution or a replacement. Some people literally just drink because they are bored. So get busy and you won’t have to drink! Please see my 30 day tracking calendar below that I used during my challenge. I got it online somewhere. Happy Thursday! Thanks for reading!

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No alcohol. For 30 days. It’s a challenge.

Ya’ll, today I got a crazy idea! I want to do a 30 day challenge of no drinking! I have tried numerous of times to go sober for at least 30 days and guess what!? I always quit or give up. I go out to eat with a friend and they order one of those cute margaritas and then bam, I change my mind. I say, “I can start next week”. And then next week never comes. This time I am determined. I want to demonstrate to myself and others that I don’t need alcohol to feel better or to have fun.

Truth be told, I consume alcohol way less than what I have done in the past but I still drink a margarita or two at least once a week. Just a few months ago, I was drinking three or four Micheladas a week. Yes. You read that right. A week. And sometimes I would add some Mimosas. I think what really bothers me about my alcohol consumption is that I seem to have this lack of self-control in completely giving it up and I ask myself but why. Why is it so hard. My family plays around with me and say, “MUST you have a drink every time we go out to eat”. Well first of all, I only have one margarita when we do go out to eat but most of the time it is when we are celebrating something. I mean what if they are right though. Must I drink. Can I do without I? I always laugh it off and say “uh no, I don’t need it”. The reality of the situation is that obviously I feel like I need it or I would not be ordering it.

Anyway, for the past couple of months I’ve been toying with the idea of giving up alcoholic beverages completely but then I ask myself why. Why give it up completely? You are not an alcoholic, I tell myself. I mean I could just socially drink, right? So this brings me to the reasons for even thinking about this. I feel like alcohol is preventing me from accomplishing my fitness goals. I feel like alcohol is keeping me from saving more money. I feel like alcohol is messing with my physical and emotional health. Writing this out and seeing it really brings out the BIG WHY I want to make changes in my life where alcohol is involved. I have to do something.

Months ago I had a scary moment. I was out of town and my drinking got a little out of control. Nothing bad happened but I had consumed so much alcohol that I remembered very little of that night. That was a scary feeling. I told myself that I could not do that again. I have always acted responsively when drinking and it scared me that it is that easy for things to get out of control. So this is yet another reason to make changes.

So I have decided to do 30 days of no alcohol during the month of April. I will start on the 1st and this time there will be no quitting. I plan to be successful and I hope that I can learn a few things along the way. On the first of May, I will make a post about how I feel and if I plan on doing another 30 days soon after. Anyway, thanks for reading! Happy Wednesday!