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Less Alcohol - January 2019 - One Day at a Time

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  • gridirongrrlgridirongrrl Posts: 47Member Member Posts: 47Member Member
    Nice work everyone!

    Haven’t checked in for a bit so wanted to update. it’s the 17th and I’m AF 15/17 days! (Going to go ahead and count today because I know I won’t be drinking). Aside from our one cheat meal a week it has been easier for me than I thought. Of course my husband is on board so that is such a HUGE help.

    Stay strong everyone, we’re over halfway there!
  • Sub4_2018Sub4_2018 Posts: 52Member Member Posts: 52Member Member
    @BuffMom84 - I used to keep Advil on my bedside table, too. It took up until very recently for me to wake up and not wait for the headache to hit. I was so used to being hung over that the first couple weeks of dry January, I would wake up EXPECTING to be hung over. I'm not jumping out of bed ready to take on the day, either, but I'm certainly feeling 1000x better than I was. Progress!
  • Sub4_2018Sub4_2018 Posts: 52Member Member Posts: 52Member Member
    @springsweet Awesome job!! I have a part coming up next Friday - hoping to have a similar experience!
  • dawnbgethealthydawnbgethealthy Posts: 605Member Member Posts: 605Member Member
    My goal is 4-5 AF days per week.

    December 31st - 1 pumpkin spice cream liqueur, 2 mixed drinks. I did not get to the champagne.
    January 1st - AF
    January 2nd - AF
    January 3rd - AF
    January 4th - 3 drinks Friday night. I actually had 4, but then threw up lol. This is the reason that I never have more than 3 if I choose to have drinks. Good reminder. Yes, I can never be "drunk" because I can't have more than 3.
    January 5th - AF So curious that each and every day that I have drinks I am down 2 pounds the following day. I think that I read somewhere on this post that it dehydrates you. It comes back the next day of course : - )
    I don't log my AF or not AF until the following morning for the night before.
    January 6th - AF - 5 days out of 6. Very busy week, so more AF days to come.
    January 7th - AF - 6 days out of 7 for the month
    January 8th - AF - 7 days our of 8 for the month so far
    January 9th - AF - 8 days out of 9
    January 10th - 1 champagne, later on 3 drinks
    January 11th - 2 drinks - 8 out of 11 AF. I am pleased with that.
    January 12th - 3 drinks - 8 out of 12 AF. Going to rack up some more AF days.
    January 13th - AF - 8 days out of 13
    January 14th - AF - 9 days out of 14. Began logging at night before bed instead of waiting until the next morning. No danger of sleep drinking I don't think : - )
    January 15th - AF - 10 days out of 15.
    January 16th - AF - 11 days out of 16
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  • MissMayMissMay Posts: 705Member Member Posts: 705Member Member
    So update about my neighborhood meet n greet last night. My hubby and I went to the dinner/party and neither of us drank. I had water, in fact. Not even a mocktail. I even told a few people I was doing a Dry January and one woman said, "I need to do that too"... It wasn't hard at all to not drink and it felt so good when we got home to wash my face and get in bed without a buzz. :)

    HOORAY for you and your husband. Glad that event is now in your past so you do not need to stress about it any longer.
  • gridirongrrlgridirongrrl Posts: 47Member Member Posts: 47Member Member
    Count me among those who used to keep the ibuprofen handy. The biggest improvement for me by far has been quality of sleep and just my overall fatigue level being less throughout the day. Like someone else said I’m not exactly springing out of bed at 5am but I’m not already counting the hours til I can nap by 5:30 either.
  • kittybennkittybenn Posts: 444Member Member Posts: 444Member Member
    @Womona - can totally relate to your insights. Making one glass of wine last throughout the meal means microsips for sure, LOL. And I know if I were still drinking and my husband stopped I would feel uncomfortable/uneasy. Not sure why. I guess threatened in some way? Hard to know exactly. Middle of Day 17 for me. We're going out tonight but I know I'm not going to drink. I've come way too far for that!
  • Fitness327wkFitness327wk Posts: 685Member, Premium Member Posts: 685Member, Premium Member
    Same here! We are headed out with friends tonight and I am sticking with my hot tea and happy about it! Feeling great!
  • Fitness327wkFitness327wk Posts: 685Member, Premium Member Posts: 685Member, Premium Member
    So update about my neighborhood meet n greet last night. My hubby and I went to the dinner/party and neither of us drank. I had water, in fact. Not even a mocktail. I even told a few people I was doing a Dry January and one woman said, "I need to do that too"... It wasn't hard at all to not drink and it felt so good when we got home to wash my face and get in bed without a buzz. :)

    I am feeling the same way!! Awesome! I am so happy I decided to do dry January!
  • OrphiaOrphia Posts: 6,836Member Member Posts: 6,836Member Member
    NovusDies wrote: »
    So I went to my neighborhood liquor store today. I was asked where I had been and where the rest of me was. I replied with my usual "yeah, I have lost a little weight" and was immediately corrected because I have lost so much I can't get away with saying that anymore.

    My personal moderation plan has been very successful. I am not a weekly or even a monthly drinker anymore. I have 2 nights planned in the next 30 days and then I have no idea when I will drink again.

    I have gotten to a place now where I have almost forgotten that was part of my life. I really do not think about it much at all unless I have something planned for the near future.

    My 1 year anniversary for weight loss and moderation is Feb 15th. Last year at this time I was still fairly soaked. What a difference a year can make.

    @NovusDies Fantastic!! So great to hear an update from you, and such a wonderful update!
  • OrphiaOrphia Posts: 6,836Member Member Posts: 6,836Member Member
    Womona wrote: »
    For those of you with partners who are not on board with AF, or are actively trying to tempt you/guilt you, stay strong! Most people are uncomfortable with their loved ones making positive changes (happens frequently with weight loss and other life improvements). They aren’t trying to be jerks, it’s just a function of their own issues. Try to understand where they are coming from, but your ultimate commitment is to yourself. Stay strong!

    Yes, it's hard for them to change their thought processes, just as it is for us.

    They aren't used to having to think of treats we would like instead of our old habitual drinks.

    It's often a challenge for US to think of something we'd like that hits the spot, without someone else having to guess!
  • comptonforcetencomptonforceten Posts: 25Member Member Posts: 25Member Member
    Wow....great work putting to gether the resources
  • Lilylady3kLilylady3k Posts: 262Member Member Posts: 262Member Member
    January accountability ~17 day so far
    Me (no alcohol): 11 days
    Alcohol: 6 days (13 drinks)

    Jan 17 - AF ; not even a challenge tonight!
  • dawnbgethealthydawnbgethealthy Posts: 605Member Member Posts: 605Member Member
    My goal is 4-5 AF days per week.

    December 31st - 1 pumpkin spice cream liqueur, 2 mixed drinks. I did not get to the champagne.
    January 1st - AF
    January 2nd - AF
    January 3rd - AF
    January 4th - 3 drinks Friday night. I actually had 4, but then threw up lol. This is the reason that I never have more than 3 if I choose to have drinks. Good reminder. Yes, I can never be "drunk" because I can't have more than 3.
    January 5th - AF So curious that each and every day that I have drinks I am down 2 pounds the following day. I think that I read somewhere on this post that it dehydrates you. It comes back the next day of course : - )
    I don't log my AF or not AF until the following morning for the night before.
    January 6th - AF - 5 days out of 6. Very busy week, so more AF days to come.
    January 7th - AF - 6 days out of 7 for the month
    January 8th - AF - 7 days our of 8 for the month so far
    January 9th - AF - 8 days out of 9
    January 10th - 1 champagne, later on 3 drinks
    January 11th - 2 drinks - 8 out of 11 AF. I am pleased with that.
    January 12th - 3 drinks - 8 out of 12 AF. Going to rack up some more AF days.
    January 13th - AF - 8 days out of 13
    January 14th - AF - 9 days out of 14. Began logging at night before bed instead of waiting until the next morning. No danger of sleep drinking I don't think : - )
    January 15th - AF - 10 days out of 15.
    January 16th - AF - 11 days out of 16
    January 17th - AF - 12 days out of 17 - as I look at this I see that I keep including December 31st in the count. We finally got some snow here. I have had all of the ingredients for a steaming pot of mulled wine that I just didn't make since it was not wintery enough. Perhaps this weekend. Love the smell of it in the house after it has been going for many hours. I suppose that I could just put some cinnamon sticks and oranges in simmering water and get the same smell effect : - ) After your comment about the pumpkin spice @MissMay I bought some of the spice to put in my coffee, 0 calories for spices ; - )
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