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How My Alcohol-Free Journey Is Going

Welcome back to the blog.

I stopped drinking about 2 months ago and it’s been so refreshing!

My body feels so different – in a good way and I feel “cleaner” if you get what I mean.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate alcohol it’s just not what I want in my life at this point. I’m trying to focus on my goals and getting the life that I want for myself so I’m taking a break, indefinitely.

I won’t lie, I’ve had 1 Savanna here and there but that was after my 40-day fast (and that other night) and I haven’t gone back to drinking since.

It’s interesting seeing the different relationships each of us has with alcohol and how it affects our lives as individuals. For me, it was only fueling the negative feelings I was feeling so I decided to stop and concentrate on becoming the best version of myself that I can be.

Right now I’m focusing on getting back into my best shape, going back to doing the activities that I love and spending more time getting to know myself on a deeper level.

I feel like I have made the best decision in a while. I’m more optimistic, energetic and focused and I don’t miss the hangovers.

It’s kind of changed the way that I socialize as well. Sure, friends come and over have their drinks and I just drink anything that isn’t alcohol while I chill with them. It does get annoying when I’m asked when I’m going back to drinking again…

There are mixed feelings among my peers, some get it and are supportive and others just don’t – and they don’t have to. I’m doing this for me. It’s my journey and it doesn’t need to make sense to anyone but me.

One of my major motivators is thinking about myself in my old age. I don’t want to get sick from something caused by my own lifestyle choices. If I start making positive changes and actively seeking a healthy lifestyle, my future self will thank me.

I would highly recommend you take a break from alcohol, even if it’s just once in a while, and see for yourself how your body reacts.

I’m enjoying this part of my journey in this life and what’s most interesting about it is seeing how certain relationships change or even cease when you make such major lifestyle changes.

You know, when you’re on the other side sometimes you don’t see how your actions or reactions make others feel. There was a time when I was deep into binge-drinking, when I was the friend calling people “party poopers” when they weren’t drinking with me, which I know was quite dickish.

It’s not that I didn’t know I was being dickish at the time, looking back now from a non-drinker’s perspective, I actually have a better idea of how I was making others feel. I 1000% could have been more respectful of people’s decisions, been more supportive and understanding.

Hey, we live and we learn, right?

Whichever journey you’re on, it’s important to find the right people who can support and encourage you along the way. It makes things a little easier and gives you that little push if and when you need it.

Surround yourself with people who can help you to achieve whatever it is you’re working on.

Next, I should aim to cut down on my sugar consumption!

A true-crime-obsessed, quirky lifestyle blogger from the coastal city of East London, South Africa whose interests include reading, writing and fitness. Find me on Twitter @WeirdnLiberated.
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7 thoughts on “How My Alcohol-Free Journey Is Going

  1. It sounds like going alcohol free was a great choice for you as it’s been having some very positive impacts on you. I don’t drink alcohol (never really got into it) so I can’t give it up, but reading this has got me thinking about what I could choose to eliminate from my diet/lifestyle. I think I am ready to make some positive changes, and your post was the nudge I needed. Thanks for sharing this!

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