Hello .... I have been on a bit of a journey and wanted to tell you about the last year of being AF.
My intake of alcohol had grown over the years. I’d often find myself feeling fuzzy around the edges and unable to tackle certain things. I realised I had to do something if I wanted to live life differently.
I lost count of how many day 1's, and even day 41's that I had got to.....
Towards the end of 2018 I read a book called “This Naked Mind” by Annie Grace. It made me think differently about the effect alcohol was having on my life. I took the decision in December 2018 to stop drinking for a whole year.
After two months I felt great. I knew I'd never go back. I felt so alive - so different. It gives me such a sense of freedom. I've got to know myself better and have shaken off many of my nagging anxieties I felt before.
My family have noticed the difference. They say I'm a lot more fun! I do more with them. I've also pushed myself to try new challenges. I recently started going to disco roller skating which was really good fun- much more so without a drink in me!
It hasn't always been easy, and dealing with the here and now ALL of the time is the hardest part. But I think I am slowly getting there.
I would love to hear other stories, and if you have tried to stop or moderate, how you are finding it?