99 days. No beer. No wine. No liquor of any kind. Zero. Nada. Zilch.
I was cold stone sober through Virtual Happy Hours, movie nights at home, a socially distanced Labor Day BBQ with my “bubble”, celebrating my daughter’s 21st birthday, and finally the 2020 election. And let me tell you that took some restraint.
Here are a few takeways from my 99 day journey.
- Cutting out alcohol helps with weight loss. Not only from eliminating the empty and high calories in the wine or beer but from the eating that often accompanies it. Chips and salsa with that Margarita anyone?
- It might feel weird at first to be “the only one not drinking,” and people might question you first, but after their first drink, no one cares.
- The longer I went without drinking the easier it became.
- It’s ok to keep your experiment to yourself because it can bring up some weirdness with friends and family. Some people may feel you’re judging them or that you think they have a problem.
I was surprised at how good I felt during this time. I had more energy, my sleep was more restful (and according to my Fitbit, my REM and Deep sleep cycles increased), and my health habits improved across the board. And for me, that was the best part and what I was hoping for.
I can’t say I’m ‘alcohol-free’ right now but why and when I have a drink has definitely changed. And I’m confident that this is my new normal.
If you have been thinking about taking a break from drinking (no judgment, I swear) I recommend you check out http://www.thealcoholexperiment.com.
Now go run!