#DryJanuary… Mission Accomplished

So day 31 is finally here.

(Ok so this post is a tad late! Last week i was feeling so ill with, id like to say cold but, it felt like flu. Im still catching up with all my posts while still trying to blog this weeks planned posts! Prepare to be bombarded ;-))

It’s weird to think that when #DryJanuary started l still had Christmas decorations up. Id not seen any snow. The kids were still on holiday. So much has happened, it seems like an age ago. But no, its only been a month, 31 days!

In all honesty, I set out thinking that this would be a doddle! I didn’t drink heavily. I was an occasional evening (when kids are in bed) drinker who liked to have a night out every now and again. ‘How hard could it be?’, I said on Day 1!! But it’s been hard, harder than I could ever have imagined.

This in turn has made me realise what effect alcohol actually has on your mind and body without even realising. I found myself thinking about it and wanting it (but not needing it)! So when you think about people that have alcohol dependancy issues, what they must go through on a daily basis must be physically, mentally and emotionally draining. The fight they fight every day trying to stay off the drink must be sooooo hard. I have so much respect for those people. Its fair to say thats its given me a different perspective on ‘addictions’ as a whole!

So, Mission Accomplished. I had planned on doing #DryFebruary but I dont want to over do it, I really fancy a drink, just a little one. Celebratory you might say. But, #DryMarch sounds like it could be a plan 😉

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#DryJanuary… Day 17

So, day 17. I’m more than half way now. Its not been an easy two week, but i’ll tell you something, these these last few days its like its stepped it up a gear… i’ve been really craving a drink. Not because I need one, but because I just fancy a one. Sunday was particularly bad, I went to my Dads and he caught me completely off guard by asking if I wanted a Snowball. One of my favorite drinks!! I almost said yes!

This week I’ve been to Dr’s and been given antibiotics for a chest, throat and ear infection. So now I can’t drink. This has made me want one even more. I know how soothing a little Whiskey would be on my chest and throat too!

Today is my Hubby’s birthday. No celebratory drink with him tonight 😦

I just need to keep telling myself 2 more weeks 2 more weeks. I can do this…. I’ve given up Chocolate for longer!

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Ive heard there is talk of #DryFebruary… could I do that too?? Lets get January over first shall we 😉

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Are you doing #DryJanuary? How are you getting on?

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So, Day 9. I’m now more than a week into #DryJanuary. I cant say its getting easier. I still find myself wanting a drink. I do wonder though if there wasn’t any in the cupboard if id still feel the same way.

I successfully got my through my night in with my friends on Day 4. It did kill me not been able to join them for a drink. But it was also quite an insight towards the end seeing how giggly they were 🙂

At night, I am beginning to see a difference; I’m not falling asleep half as quick! 😉 In the morning i’m waking up feeling quite refreshed and although i’m not getting straight up, I am lying there wide awake. (I’m a firm believer that when the children are still in bed asleep, I should be too!)

Id like to say that my skin is looking better for it. However, i’m still troffing my way through the remaining Christmas food so its fair to say i’ve got a few breakouts!

Tonight though is feeling particularly hard going. Im feeling hormonal, we’ve had a tough day with Bruiser and his meltdowns. I don’t need one but, I just really really fancy a drink today. Just one!

But I won’t

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So #DryJanuaryDay 3. Its not getting any easier just yet. Last night (day 2) I could smell my dear husbands Baileys from across the room. But I was good and I’ve not seen anywhere in the rules that I cant smell it. On the plus side, the Baileys has now gone. We just have another 5 bottles of various drinks in the cupboard which sit staring at me and, I’m sure if I listen really carefully I can hear them calling my name 😉

STOP STARING AT ME

STOP STARING AT ME

Tomorrow night will be probably the biggest challenge of the month I think. I’m having a night out with my closest friends. That usually involves copious amounts of alcohol, curry and laughter. But, I’m confident that good food with good friends will make for an equally brilliant time.

Wish me luck 🙂

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#DryJanuary… Day 1

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Can I stay off the booze for 31 days??

My Mission; should i choose to accept…. to avoid that cheeky after work pint, that glass of wine on the sofa, or that big boozy night out, for the whole month.

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How hard can it be you might say. I thought the same thing when i signed up for #dryjanuary which is being run by Alcohol Concern. But, come January 1st and i’m already thinking that i hadn’t thought it through properly… New Years Day Dinner, no Bucks Fizz for me… Ladies night out at the end of the week 😦

I’m sure it’ll get easier though. I’ve gone longer in the past when I was pregnant and breastfeeding my babies… I went 18mths with Wriggler and almost 2yrs with Bruiser. But I think the easy bit was that i had the reason not to drink growing away inside me or feeding from me. Now all i have is my will power.

So as i type this post, sipping away on a ginger and lemon tea on the evening of my first day almost done, i’m thinking about why i’m doing this;

*To save money? No! Ive never been a big drinker by any stretch of the imagination so, i probably won’t save that much money in the grand scheme of it.

*The benefit to my body and my overall health? No! I don’t think i’ll see a great difference to my waistline or weight in general. When i drink its little and often as opposed to binge drinking. We’ll see though. I’m 9st 4lb as I type this, I’ll weigh myself again at the end. You never know!

*I’ll have more energy? Now, this would be good! Come the evening when kids are in bed and once I’ve eaten, I do usually slump and fall asleep on the sofa. Having said that though, I don’t stop all day long. I’m a Mummy!

The reason i’m doing this is a personal challenge for myself and to raise awareness. The benefits above are more than enough reason to do it on their own. But, alcohol for me has played a big part in my life these last few years (that’s a story for another day) and as such, it has changed my attitude towards it. I will admit that once upon a time i would drink because i ‘needed’ a drink, bad day at work, kids have driven me up the wall, you know the story! But those are the wrong reasons to drink. If I feel the need to have one I don’t and won’t. When i drink its because i genuinely fancy a little drink.

So the mission is set. #dryjanuary it is!

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Are you taking part? Its not too late to sign up!

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