It’s New Years day and I’m sitting in bed with tea and a sore head, like so many recent starts to the new year, and I’m so ready for another dry January.
I did my first Dry January back in 2013 – spurred on by my son who was fed up with having a regularly wine inebriated mother! I also did it to raise money for Cancer Research in their first ever Dryathlon.
I have to say that I loved most of it and it really opened my eyes to how much better you feel with out the demon drink in your system! But like many who undertake the challenge I was all set for the first of February when I could start drinking again. After successfully doing the challenge again in 2014 and 2015 I extended Dry January in 2016 to February too. I actually found it pretty easy to carry on for another month and it was during this time that I also joined several Facebook groups aimed at giving support to those wanting to change their relationship with alcohol. One of the best of these is Club Soda and through this group I gained a lot of support and tips as well as making some good online friends.
However unlike some of these online chums who have gone on to do one and two sober years I have found myself slipping down the slippery slope of drinking far too much than is good to me. Like many of the those who have written Blogs about the tussle with going alcohol free, I don’t consider myself an alcoholic, I don’t drink vodka for breakfast or look for the highest percentage booze for a quick fix. It is more that wine o’clock is hard wired into my psyche. (And yes wine is mostly my poison) It is there a reward after a long day working, it is there to celebrate, or to commiserate or very often just as a habit. My biggest trigger has always been cooking – out come all the ingredients with a nice crisp glass of white to “clean the pipes” and the next thing you know it’s all gone and time to open the red.
In 2017 I set myself the challenge of doing 100 days alcohol free but I failed miserably. I didn’t even make it beyond 21st January when one of my daughter’s friends turned up for our now legendary Saturday home made pizza night with a £30 bottle of Margaux and the temptation was too great to resist. How could I let tasting something like this pass me by and of course it would be rude not to drink it! I got to the same point in Sober October – this time caving because of a stressful health diagnosis for my OH.
So that brings us to 1st January 2018. I have set myself up with lots of goals this year – but all of these focus on better health and well being. I know that when I blogged every day during the first ever Dryathlon (you can see all of the posts HERE) it really kept me focused and on track. I am planning that this new Blog will do the same as I plan to do 100 alcohol free days and beyond.
Keep watching for updates on my progress!