One Year Booze Free

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.

ASPARTAME

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!

CAFFEINE

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).

CARBONATION

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 weekend without booze

OK – this isn’t the first time I’ve quit drinking before. But knowing that I need to wait nearly a year when I fancy a glass of wine, rather than a month or a week is hard!!

However, this weekend was so good, I didn’t even think about drinking. Went to the Leonardo Da Vinci Exhibition at the National Gallery in London. It was fascinating. Although I’ve seen quite a bit of his work when visiting Rome and Florence, I have never had the priviledge of seeing his sketches. Looking at them made me realise how much time he must have spent perfecting his talents and practising his skills. Seeing where he’s gone wrong or experimented in his drawings was inspiring and reminded me how important the process is in a great pieces of art work. Thanks Da Vinci.

Afterwards we crossed the road to St. Martins in the Field to do brass rubbing. I highly recommend it – very therapeutic and a nice thing to sit down and do after a mind blowing exhibition, rather than a typical trip to a local bar (always v. expensive) on Trafalgar Square.

Spending the weekend with friends who are more interested in stimulating conversation and challenging each other with good board games was far more fun then nursing a hangover for 36 hours of the weekend. It also meant there was no pier pressure to get pissed.

Some encouragement for not drinking alcohol from the BBC

I can’t share this with you directly for some reason…(you can share it every other way) – so here is the link

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-16354472

Headline: Detox in January is Futile, says Liver charity.

Such a great article to read, if you are too abstaining from alcohol or just as importantly, are thinking about it.

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.

 

 

New Year hunger

Happy New Year alchies and soberites everywhere. So my year of not drinking has begun but rather unhealthily. Giant (and I mean GIANT) chinese last night to comfort my colossal hangover…and am now waiting for a yummy panini from the cafe round the corner. Num num.

Aw well…perhaps the health kick will happen over time. At least I’m not drinking. 😉

Level one of the abstaining from drinking game?

….less than 48 hours until my abstinence begins. I’ve been really looking forward to my clean living. And had some great news that in January my friend (let’s call her N) and my partner (let’s call him A) are going to be joining me.

However, my first obstacle has come forward for January Friday 13th. I have just received an email saying that my boss is flying over to the UK office from America to work with us for that day. He ended the email suggesting we all go out for drinks. This may sound like nothing to you but this kind of socialising is very important – especially when your boss is Russian.

Know what I mean? Slight loosening of your inhibitions. Better banta. Share a night of laughs and more importantly prove you can hold your vodka.

I’ve decided to see this as the first test to my year of giving up. Will I be able to do it? Will I still be fun without it?

Will report in two weeks.

About last night

Text from R: Fancy meeting at the pub on the corner?

Text from me: Not really up for drinking tonight babe. Got loads to do tomorrow.

Text from R: We don’t have to drink, just would ne nice to catch up.

Text from me: Ok. Awesome. See you there 5.30 pm.

5 glasses of red wine later (and a shot of Tuaca) = pissed.

 

The Daily Post

Topic #337:

Write about your oldest friend. Where did you meet? When did you become friends? Why do you think your friendship has lasted for so long?

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Where do you go to be brave?

Here’s a corker from The Daily Post  – designed to give you inspiring questions for your blog

The full question read:

Where do you go to be brave? Is it your home? The gym? Your journal? Where is the place you are bravest? When are the times you are the most brave?

Where do you go to be brave?

To find courage to do something and be brave, comes from within. You psych yourself up, don’t you? It comes from a little voice in your head that says, “I can do this.” or “I will do this.” And building that feeling of determination in your heart.

It’s about mustering up enough will in your gut to do something epic or scary. Not to mention visualising that you’ll do it, in your head.

When are the times you are the most brave?

We am most brave when we have to be. It’s that simple.

Yet many of us have so far to go. I bet we would all do with being braver and stronger when our virtues are tested. Don’t you? Kinder, more patient, more understanding… all things we can build on. On the other hand, we all have the power to be brave souls – you probably have a higher pain threshold than you realise. I hope yours is never tested.

The Daily Post

Topic #334:

Where do you go to be brave? Is it your home? The gym? Your journal? Where is the place you are bravest? When are the times you are the most brave?

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