Ah, to be alcohol free, some may not even blink an eye at that, and others may feel that that is a huge mountain to climb. I’m in the latter. It seems like a really hard task.
Have you ever heard of the transtheoretical model of change? It is a theory that when a person goes through a change in their life, they will likely go through 5 stages first. See the caption to the right.
I’ve spent the past 6 or so months contemplating my relationship with alcohol, and how I’d like to change it. This past week, I’ve been in the Preparation stage, I recently purchased the book: The Alcohol Experiment, and today, I bought a ton of alcohol free beverages to prepare for the 30 days. Yes, my plan is to give up alcohol for 30 days, and while I am sober, I will read daily from this book, which is actually a guide book. To better explain what this is all about, I’ll copy some excerpts from the back of the book for you 😉
“…an action plan for anyone who’s ever wondered what life without alcohol is like. The rules for The Alcohol Experiment are simple: Abstain from drinking for 30 days and just see how you feel.”
“With a chapter devoted to each day of the experiment, Annie (the author) presents wisdom and tested strategies to supplement the plan and support your step-by-step success as you learn what fees good for you.”
She also explains that if you “mess up” during the 30 days, that thats okay, you keep going onto the next day, you don’t go back to Day One, she wants you to learn about your unique relationship with alcohol. That “mess up” can be an opportunity to figure out your ‘triggers’ or reasons why you drink, or why you drink “too much”.
There are so many reasons as to why I want to do this, my health is the biggest importance of them all. Today, I wrote down 20 reasons why I want to drink less, and that was a really good start. The 20 things flowed freely onto the paper, it was like my brain was pleading with me to do this, and rushing forward with all the reasons why.
I’m really excited to see how much I’ll change physically from not drinking for 30 days. I’m hoping I’ll lose some weight, not going to lie! I’m also curious how I’ll handle social situations, as I have a bit of social anxiety (and general anxiety as well). I am hopeful that my anxiety will actually improve too.
I am so excited for this journey, and I am hoping to start on Saturday! Let me know if you’d like to do it too, and we can support one another 😀