For anyone wondering what a short period of not drinking is like here’s my short story…
Waking up not hungover for a second Saturday in a row has its merits. We are on day 14* of 2017 and we’ve only drunk once, on the 4th. I’d like to say that we had a civilised glass over dinner and that was it, but of course we drank two bottles and were cranky the next day.
So what does ten days sober look like for this Crazy Cat Lady? Glad you asked…
- I feel better, both physically and mentally
- My skin looks clearer, less red. I have Rosacea and not drinking is absolutely helping
- I’ve lost some weight. I’ve been exercising more, but not drinking 3 or 4 bottles a week has to help.
- I’m calmer
- I kind of feel like I used to before I drank a lot – it’s a weird hopefulness or happiness that I can’t explain I like myself better
- At the risk of sharing TMI, I feel sexier
- I’ve got a stack of time on my hands – we painted the house over the break in the time we would have spent drinking
- My hair has stopped falling out (OMG, what the hell is booze doing to me exactly??)
I’ve not had any withdrawal issues that I’ve noticed. I deliberately reduced the amount I drank over Christmas and new year. It helped me deal with the stress of dealing with family and all the attendant fun stuff that comes with the holiday season (Christmas day is a post on its own!), so perhaps that helped.
I’ve read a lot about people replacing wine with deserts etc when first giving up but I’ve not experienced that. It could be (Crazy Cat Boy has been mainlining sweet stuff like there is no tomorrow, so perhaps he is) that I’m not really a sweet tooth, I’m more a salt and fats kind of girl.
I even went to bed sober NYE and it’s been years since I’ve done that. It used to be in my party days I didn’t drink NYE as I thought waking up hungover to start a new year was a bad idea. What changed is still an unanswered question that I’ll have to look at later on.
So, where to from here? CCB wants a new TV ( we don’t need one, he just “wants” one- boys and gadgets, sigh), so I’ve struck a deal whereby we don’t buy wine for four months so the money saved can go to pay for it.
This means for the next four months at least I’ll not be drinking. I’ve got some usually heavy drinking work events in February however a change in management is also changing our culture in that area so I’ll have an “out” so to speak.
My thoughts so far on not drinking are give it a whirl, what’s the worst that happens? You might feel better and save some cash. That sounds like a win to me.
*In case you think I can’t count, I wrote this Saturday but was too lazy to fire up the PC and post it. Somethings not drinking hasn’t changed! LOL