Day 33: Effects of 1 Month Alcohol Free

EDIT: I want to honor the resilient part of me and, against all immediate inclinations, still get the “1 month sober” post out there.

Reminder to self: Don’t give up. Even if you feel shitty, what follows remains true on a factual level.

EFFECTS OF ONE MONTH ALCOHOL FREE

  • .Lots and lots of free time in the mornings and evenings (challenge: how to fill that time)
  • Exercising WAY more (mostly to fill the time). Trying new sports.
  • No more drunken binge eating
  • Lost 6 lbs effortlessly (while still allowing myself treats)
  • Feeling fitter, stronger physically. Setting and facing new physical and psychological challenges, such as slowly mastering HANDSTAND:
This one is from about a week ago, and goes out to Nadine on Thesobrietytree.
  • Increased self-esteem and self-worth (proud of still being sober)
  • Increased self-confidence (E.g. from being able to socialize without a drink: sober courage is real)
  • Decrease in feelings of “I need a drink to survive x”
  • Suddenly gained access to buried emotions that were previously blocked out by drinking
  • Therefore able to do intense therapeutic work with said emotions: personal growth on a deep, identity-level.
  • Despite intense mood swings, less depression (no chronic feeling of “everything is shit”, that drinking probably made worse). 
  • Despite intense emotions, overall increased ability in TOLERATING intense emotions (building strength in learning proper emotional regulation): NO LONGER AFRAID OF UNPLEASANT/DIFFICULT EMOTIONS. Know that I can handle them/they will pass
  • Gained insight into the fact that drinking was (in great part) THE PROBLEM, not the solution to my problems
  • Increased hope for the future, ability to let go and surrendering control to “the universe” or whatever is out there
  • Increased desire to practice self-care and listen to self (identifying needs, taking a mental health break, etc.)
  • Increased kindness and gentleness towards self.
  • Spending more time doing healthy things that I enjoy and would put off while drinking. Eg – being in nature, evening meditations (no more excuses to drunkenly skip them)
Last week’s hike

Downsides (or rather, unpleasant aspects which still remain (FOR NOW)): 

  • Feelings of isolation 
  • Still have cravings
  • Occasionally have FOMO when I think of people at the bar or while sipping alcohol free beer while others have IPAs. (must find AF IPA 🙂 
  • Addictive behaviors and reflexes still implemented and need to be closely monitored.

That’s all folks. Still on this f****g horse.

Published by nomorebeer

Learning how sobriety helps you ENJOY life.

7 thoughts on “Day 33: Effects of 1 Month Alcohol Free

  1. WOW! Ok. THIS is inspiring. Anne, you’re amazing…
    also, that hallway shot brings back such memories of life in North America… it’s all about those hallways isn’t it! We have no hallway in this house over here in Europe! lol. 😄
    I’ve been having a pretty rough time lately, but your post has cheered me immensely… very motivating. Thanks 💖

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    1. Thanks Nadine ❤ Super super rough time over here too ❤ Like Jim, I'm going to try and catch up on reading what other people/ you two have been posting these days. I almost gave up on this whole thing but I'm back and I'm SO glad you are too xoxoxo ❤

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  2. Nice one Anne! That list is a good reminder to me know of why I’m doing this. I’ll probably pinch a couple of your points and try to peddle them as my own inspiring benefits (as if…😉)
    Jim x
    Btw you look disgustingly fit and athletic which makes me feel old and fat – not fair!

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    1. hahaha thanks Jim. As my next post will show when I write it, this week has been (just like Nadine) extremely difficult, and most of the time, I’ve been feeling the absolute opposite of the image that comes out of that list. I just needed to post something positive, otherwise this blog would have to change titles and be called “depressive/ing reasons for which life is horrible right now” 🙂

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