- Wedding: June 2019 - Tacoma, WA
I have my first dress fitting in early April, so I decided I would make March an alcohol-free month as a final push to get my weight down where I want it. I’ve already lost around 60lbs total and wanted those last few pounds to go before the fitting. I also, honestly, just wanted to see if I COULD stop drinking for a full month, since alcohol always plays such a big role in my social life and is how I typically relax after a long day. I know I probably drink too much, too often, and was curious to know how difficult it would be to just…not drink.
I started on March 1st, of course, which was a Friday, and since Fiance and I normally enjoy Friday nights at home watching movies and having drinks together, it was a little weird at first to not have anything, especially since Fiance wasn’t joining me on my no-alcohol mission (yet). We also frequently go to brunch on the weekends, where we enjoy a couple of mimosas. Again, a little weird to sit there with my diet soda, but nothing terrible. A few friends invited us over for a gathering, and another friend invited me out for drinks, all pretty normal for us, but with my not drinking this month, it again felt a little awkward, but it was fine.
Normally, I have at least some wine every night, whether it’s a glass or a few glasses. It’s how I unwind and relax before bed. This has been the most difficult part for me, honestly. For the past few nights, I’ve been taking a long bubble bath, instead, and it works out just fine, though. 🙂
The positives were apparent pretty quickly, actually. I woke up early on Saturday morning ready to go meet with our photographer. No fuzzy brain. No headache. No lingering mild hangover. I felt great! My sleep has improved drastically, as well, and I wake up feeling rested and ready for my day, rather than foggy and lethargic. Anxiety is still there, always will be, but not magnified like it usually is after a night of drinking. My face is less puffy, too, and my skin looks brighter and isn’t all flaky and dry like it sometimes gets after too much drinking.
As far as weight goes, I did my weigh-in yesterday and I was UP 3 lbs, but I’m also at the tail end of my period, so I’m not putting much stock in that right now. 😉
Here’s to the rest of the month alcohol-free! I’m excited to see what else comes of it!