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Triggers for Debauchery

Despite feeling so much better for not drinking including improving my energy levels, daily motivations and of course, physical & mental health, I cannot help but sometimes miss the debaucherous lifestyle of yesteryear.  When I say debauchery, by the way, I mean indulging in alcohol without inhibition – sex, drugs and rock n roll are all still done to the max, of course – hehe. Seriously though, I do have certain triggers and yes, there are quite a few. Read more…


What everyone should campaign for in their local area

Reading a recent report on the Prime Minister’s official website about the cost of alcohol to the NHS, thestats show a massive rise in alcohol-related medical diagnosis. Here’s an excerpt from the report: Read more…

What to replace alcohol with in Winter 2012

No, I’m not going to say water. I love it but it’s so boring, especially when you’re out with your friends or having a social gathering at someone’s house. You gotta have something delicious and fun. Something that looks more appealing than a large glass of red wine or a dark rum n coke (guess my two favourites). Here’s what I’ve discovered in the short time I’ve been a soberite.

Herbal Tea

No! Don’t roll you eyes. I’m serious.They’re great – …especially in the morning – apparently, hot water is good for your metabolism. Peppermint tea is a good one to start with. I’ve just discovered Tea Pigs. They’re absolutely amazing. I’ve just had a cup of popcorn tea. It sounds horrid but it tastes divine….much stronger than your average herbal tea. Read more…

What everyone should know about white knuckle sobriety.

So it’s been nearly a month since I stopped drinking. 25 days to be exact and I have to be honest, it really hasn’t been that bad.Yes – I’ve wanted the odd drink but no – I haven’t wanted to rip myself apart craving one. Read more…

An easy weight loss incentive everyone should know for 2012

Mega Weight Chart

In my last post, I mentioned a weight loss contest that I’ve recently got into. All you need is to email a few friends who want to lose a bit of weight – all put in a bit of money and a start and finish date. Whoever loses the largest percentage of weight, wins.

Our finish date is in two months. We all threw in £10 each and had to weigh ourselves in Boots chemist, Friday before last and put our results (and tenner) in an envelope to give to one nominated girl.There’s give of us and although I’m sure you can do the maths, I’ll make it clear that it’s £50 jackpot. So far, we have one girl that has lost a lot of weight but it’s clear she will burn out soon and by the sounds of it everyone else is just being good (e.g. no chocolate, no burgers etc.,). Read more…

One Fun Day

As of tomorrow I will not only be staying sober but also eating low fat, healthy foods.

I know what you’re thinking – Why not today? And you’re probably right but I’d already organised to go for a roast and see some friends.

Why not last week? My boss was here from America so went out for meals. Ate the last of the chocolate from Christmas and do you know what else? I honestly felt I deserved all these luxuries and treats for not drinking.

Yet these “rewards” are not doing me any good. Especially as I am in a weight loss contest, right now (will save this for another post).

So it’s strict as of tomorrow but according to my friend who’s a fitness instructor, you need to have one fun day a week. Been thinking about it and it makes so much sense. Helps the discipline of keeping it up if you can keep seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. Obviously I can’t drink but I’m sure I can think of other vices.

Reasons why replacing alcohol with fizzy drinks is a no-no.

> If they’re not filled with sugar, they’re filled with aspartame.

>They usually have lots of caffeine in them.

>Carbonation is bad for your tummy.


This artificial sweetener has caused all sorts of controversy over the years with big ??? over its links with cancer, headaches, metabolism. However, the jury (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) in America claim it to be safe and the UK Food Agency allow it on the condition that products that use it, list all ingredients on the packaging.

Nevertheless, if you read anything by someone who cares about health (or humans), aspartame is a NO NO including links with cancer, depression, accelerated cell aging and liver changes. In fact, if you follow the link (NO NO) above you will see more details (with references) on all of these links including a study on aspartame and liver function in liver function of adult male rats. It did not end well: damages liver cells and skews antioxidant activity. Oh dear!

But let’s face it – even if aspartame had not been discovered, you know fizzy drinks are bad for you!


Not in all fizzy drinks but a lot of them (as well as energy drinks). At Energy Fiend, they’ve created a very helpful caffeine database . Too much caffeine (500 – 600 mg) can cause muscle tremors, headaches, stomach upset and irritability. It’s highly acidic too (makes you fat).


If you’ve got a bad tummy or suffer from IBS like me (ouch), this makes fizzy drinks even worse! Humans were not designed to drink bubbles, hence the massive burps and farts that will come from it. Also, it erodes your teeth. Boo to sparkly fizz.

And don’t think you can turn to squash as a substitute, instead. These types of drinks are just as bad – sugar or aspartame….you can’t win.

But does it HAVE to be all about water?

First pro-active step – Swimathon weekend 2012

So the first thing that happens when you make a big life change, is you wonder how else to spend my Last night I signed up to Swimathon Weekend April 27th – 29th 2012. It looks like great fun. Anyone else who likes a dip in the pool more than a run around the garden, should join!!

It’s for a great cause too – Marie Curie Cancer Fund.

Am planning to do the 5K..slightly overambitious but am definitely gonna go for it.

Unfortunately, I still am ill with a cold after partying too hard during Christmas and New Year. So no front crawl or breast stroke for me, this week.



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