I’ve always had an immense amount of fear before and after drinking alcohol. For some reason, it just alleviated and delayed life’s pains temporarily but brought me bad ways to cope with pain.
I had a realization that I just did not want to drink alcohol anymore. The older I got, the worse my hangovers got and the more time and money I wasted. I wanted to take the Double Dare challenge and quit drinking altogether for 100 days.
I DID IT! And also, I may continue the winning streak. Growing up drinking was associated with having a social life but the reality is that I can be social without it!
I wanted to share 15 things that happened to me during my 100 days sober.
- My skin got clearer. When I became a teenager, my skin went down the toilet bowl. I had embarrassing acne, and it seemed anything that I tried never worked. I also didn’t test out routines for a few weeks at a time. I was impatient, and wanted a quick fix magic potion to heal my acne. The reality is it never came. I did find out however that avoiding dairy, sugar, gluten and complex carbs helped make me look and feel younger. That’s when I started the Whole30 diet that made me realize that quitting alcohol for 30 days (as the diet is alcohol and sugar free) really improved the look and feel of my skin. My pore size reduced, my skin had a nice glow to it, and I feel up and down with the sugar withdrawals, but overall it changed my life.
- My wallet get fatter. Drinking can be a very expensive habit! Bottles of wine near me are upwards of $100 and although I was going in the $10-$20 range, it still added up. If you do the quick math and drink everyday, that’s $300 to $600 monthly without tax and the overall shame and consequences it holds.
- My mind got clearer. I was sharper at remembering little things that I used to forget. I used to forget what I did yesterday and what I did the day before. Not sure if it is mom brain, where I train my brain to really focus on the NEED TO DO’s or what but I did feel that my brain was not as crowded as it used to be.
- I met a new group of sober reliable friends. Can’t by me love! Reliable friends are priceless, and having friends that are sober means having friends I can rely on.
- I lost 12 lbs. I was able to clear out my body of all the toxin build up alcohol brings. This made me lose weight and also forced me to look at what I was eating daily and how I can do it better.
- I walk more. Being hungover is the pits! Being able to get up and take a nice brisk walk through my neighborhood in the morning is a great way to get the day started, plus looking at all the trees and flowers is good for the soul.
- I wrote more. Creating via writing is a passion of mine, although I know video creative will be next. I enjoy writing about things that I am enjoying or think the resource will me valuable for you (and also for me to look back and reference later).
- I found new meaning for life. I was rushing. I was a chronic planner and living in obsessive fear about the pandemic, my kids, and my finances. I was creating a living hell in my mind THAT WAS NOT REAL. My brain was sabotaging me and I needed to wake up and smell the coffee. It is time to embrace life, do what I enjoy doing and love myself fully to embrace my day.
- I had a spiritual awakening. I realized that I can find God anywhere. In my computer, in the swaying branches, in my cup of tea, in a friend, in the sky, in the dirt, really anywhere. I thought that my God was a punishing one, turns out he loves me and created me for a purpose that I don’t need to know what that specific purpose is right now. I just need to TRUST and give it away.
- I sleep more soundly. I slept like a log last night. That could have something to do with the pizza, Chinese friend rice, and two Twix bars I ate, but still I have been able to rest my head on my pillow every night knowing that I did the best that I could and my best is enough. And more importantly, I AM ENOUGH. And also I was created just the way God intended me to be.
- I am more productive. I GSD (Get S#$% Done), I enjoy getting more things done as I stop wasting my time in places that are just not for me. I focus on my hobbies and interests, and respect others in turn.
- I crave sugar more often, so I keep sugar free candy nearby. Okay I’ll admit last night I ate two mini Twix bars and I felt bad about myself, mainly due to the fact that I forgot I am allergic to dairy and had a small allergic reaction in my throat but thankfully I lived to tell the tale.
- I am more authentic. I am honest without being rude. I was rude. I wasn’t self aware. I started speaking to others the way I would want to be spoken too, and also improved my negative self talk too.
- I prioritize my self care. I stop feeling guilty about taking care of myself, and try as hard as I can to stop blaming others for my issues. When I point the finger, I have to point it right back at myself.
- I made some really rad playlists on YouTube, and I walk to them. I take care of myself by doing things that are good for me first, then I can fill others cups. This includes walking as often and as far as possible. Praying, meditating and going easy on myself and others.
Overall, I am going to stick with it and see how far I can go.
Have you tried quitting alcohol before? If so, what were the results for you?
Enjoy the week!
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