Hello lovely people.
Started my new lifestyle to lose weight on Jan 1 and had no concept how much my life would change…to be fair, when I started I was calling it a diet and not a lifestyle change. It’s only my opinion but I’m not sure it’s possible to change our eating habits, something that is so intrinsic to our being, without changing other aspects of ourselves.
What I really wanted to say, is that by the end of today I will have gone 12 weeks without alcohol. For those of you that haven’t seen my alcohol related posts, I’ll tell you with head hung low, that I used to normally drink as much in an evening as you would consider too much in a week.
I’m repeating myself now but first I made room in my calorie allowance each day in order to have a few drinks in the evening. Then I cut out spirits to allow myself more calories to eat better things and finally I stopped drinking because a few glasses of wine or beer was enough to reduce my willpower and set me to overeating.
The obvious thing is that it’s helped me knock my weight down into the healthy BMI range (top of it). Additionally…
•I am now sleeping soundly nearly every night, for the first time in maybe 20 years (previously 1 good night in 3 months was as good as it got).
•I’m not the cause or foil of any irrational arguing. Discussions only now
•I wish I’d kept track of how much money I’d saved. A swift calculation in my head and I realise I wouldn’t tell you anyway as it’s too embarrassing.
•I stay awake longer at night and in the morning I’m ready mentally and physically to bounce out of bed and get on with living
•Oh and I remember most of what happened or was said the evening before (within the confines of my normal goldfish memory)
(almost forgot that one )
Some pretty ugly things there and whilst I don’t have any inclination to ever have another drink I feel that by voicing/exposing them it will help keep me centered.
I appreciate that this isn’t AA but it’s due to my journey here, what this forum has given me and what the fantastic people here have given me that has changed my life so much and so positively. I’ll say another huge thank you to the admins… I really don’t know how you put in so much time and effort whilst remaining caring and compassionate.
A quick afterthought of information… I now go to pubs, parties, picnic events, host bbqs and have people pop in who sit and drink my alcohol. Those around me drink and I don’t… not a problem (I’m still amazed)… but that’s my new lifestyle.
I hope you all enjoy even a fraction of the positive change from being here, as I have had.