Good morning! Is it cold in your neck of the woods? It feels like 25 degrees here. Yesterday I had to bring out the winter coat. Winter is coming, folks.
I am pleased to report that I completed Phase 1 of my challenge. I went 30 days with no alcohol. I’m so proud of myself! Not only that, I managed to write down all of the meals and snacks that I ate, in addition to keeping track of my workouts. Although in my mind I feel like I eat healthy most of the time and work out regularly, I wanted to document things to take an honest look at how I actually do. I’m not very good at tracking my food, so being able to do this for 30 days was a big accomplishment for me as well.
The results of doing nothing but eliminating alcohol from my diet?
I lost 4 pounds. Not anything to cause an audible gasp from the audience, but it has only been a month and four pounds averages a pound a week. I’ll take it!
Also, the stats on my eating look pretty good. I ate healthy meals and snacks 88% of the time. I also worked out 4 or 5 days each week.
The most common question I’ve been getting is “After the 30 days, will you start drinking again?”
The answer is YES.
These last 30 days have shown me that I don’t need to drink as often as I was in the past. I don’t need those glasses of wine during the week to help me relax or relieve me from a stressful day. I can go to a restaurant and not drink alcohol and still enjoy my meal.
So YES, I’ll still enjoy a glass of wine or beer occasionally, but I think it will be in the 12% of unhealthy indulgences that are part of my normal diet.
Another question that I’ve been asked: “Did I notice any differences during that 30 days of no alcohol?”
Other than the four pounds lost, I’d have to say, not really. I didn’t notice any difference in how I slept or my mood. However, I think I was just surprised in general on how it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. I wasn’t as dependent on alcohol as I thought. And I didn’t miss it nearly as much as I anticipated.
That being said, I will enjoy a glass of wine at some point, probably this weekend. I haven’t completely lost all of my senses! However, I think that cutting back on alcohol to stay at a healthy weight is definitely a sustainable change for me.
So what’s next? I could just continue to not have alcohol for another 30 days and see what happens. I seriously considered it. Instead, Phase 2 will implement something different.
But that’s for another post.