#16 Give Up Alcohol – DONE!

So, I did it. I gave up alcohol for a week. It actually wasn’t that hard once I made a firm commitment to do so, rather than a pie crust promise to myself to do so. I have a friend who doesn’t drink, and a month or so I ago I asked about it, and she said it was easy to not do something once you’d legitimately, firmly decided on it. It’s the New Years Even goals that never seem to work out for us, or never seem to quite happen– that’s when we’re just setting ourselves up for unrealistic expectations and then end up berating ourselves for a little lack of willpower.

Esferocitose hereditária

To be perfectly honest, it was also easy after realizing I might have the family hereditary blood disease of spherocytosis, aka, I have spherical shaped blood cells rather than circles. In my mom and aunt, this meant they eventually had to have their spleen removed– an action that makes you constantly tired and basically unable to workout or run marathons. That’s a terrifying prospect to me, so I actually made an appointment to get my blood checked out and haven’t had a drink since.

Part of the snazzy side effects of the disease means that alcohol affects me differently, and I believe can make it harder on the liver to cleanse the toxins, which means it can lead to liver failure. I work at a hospital, of all the things you don’t want, liver failure or liver disease should be at the top of the list. It’s the worst. So not drinking seems like an easy option until I get some blood work done and know for sure.

It’s also been really easy because my husband has decided not to drink as well. Talk about a killer support system. I think that’s been the biggest difference between going 7 days no sweat and the other times I’m attempted and failed– I had the person who’s opinion matters most to me 100% backing me up rather than saying ‘Just have a sip of this cocktail.’

Overall on my 30 in 330 goals, I’m not doing stellar. I’ve only accomplished about 10 out of 30; but I’m also looking at it as I’ve accomplished one major goal every month– and that’s kind of amazing if you think about it!

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#16 – Update

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Well, that was basically a bust. I made it two days before I cut my foot, thought I was going to die, and decided to numb my pain with some whiskey. And then I had a dinner engagement, and a party, and I almost sliced my finger off (thank you #24) and blah blah…  I may have to re-think this particular goal. I don’t have any stretches of 7 days where I’m not going to some networking event or another and my industry isn’t really conducive to going dry.

Whining over, now on to deeper analysis:

I will say, myself the absolute drop off come day 3, that I did well during the two days I was on a fast. I had an event where there was a free bar (free, by the way, with top shelf liquor) and I opted for coke with lime. It wasn’t weird to not order a drink, that part was fine. I didn’t miss the alcohol or drinking as much as I thought I would, probably because the free tacos were delicious and I wasn’t expected to network and make nice with people. The other day I was at home, and you know, easy until I injured myself.

As a recovering shy person, sometimes I still need that liquid courage when out at a party or at a networking event where I don’t know that many people, or the people I know are not my bff’s. As I type this, it makes me feel like crap that it sounds like I need the alcohol to “loosen up” or “take the edge off” but that’s legitimately what it does, and part of its appeal. I don’t need it, but it helps. And it tastes good. The two days where my options were water, tea, or more water, I got pretty bored with drinking beverages. I love the way different beers and wine tastes, how a well-mixed cocktail delights the tongue, and how with a few ingredients you can make such a wide variety of things.

I think I’ll keep the resolution for now, but I’m going to combine it with the Whole 30 challenge– if I’m overhauling my entire diet I feel like it will be easier to overhaul everything together. Maybe.

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