In April last year I successfully completed another alcohol free month, however I found that particular month to be one of my toughest challenges. I realised then that I was in a bad 'wine o'clock' habit, opening a bottle of Chardonnay at 6pm on a Friday without a passing thought. It took all my strength to commit to that challenge and last the month - so how would I cope this time as a Dryathlete?
I remember as I wrote that post last year, how worried I was that I sounded like a raging alcoholic by the way I justified my weekend drinking. This wasn't helped when I took the Drinkaware online quiz and came out at binge drinker level! I honestly didn't drink that much either, just wine on a Friday and/or Saturday night.
Unfortunately doing that particular challenge still didn't hit home with me and I soon resumed my Friday night habit.
It was as I read Della Galton's 'Ice and a Slice' that I began to think seriously about my alcohol intake. This book really touched a nerve for me and when I wrote my review on Amazon it came from the heart -
The book has received over fifty, five star reviews and follows Sarah-Jane's story as she attends an addiction clinic in a bid to prove that she doesn't have a drinking problem. Having to deal with the complicated fall-out with her sister and her friend Tanya's issues is just part of her daily life and anyone would need an extra glass or two of wine to cope, wouldn't they?
Check out Della's website for more of her books www.dellagalton.co.uk or find her at www.facebook.com/della.galton or www.twitter.com/DellaGalton
I do of course understand the difference between a fiction novel and reality, but after reading Ice and a Slice I found myself questioning if I really did need that Friday night wine.
Around the same time I was speaking with one of my reflexology clients, Jane, who gave up alcohol for her fortieth birthday. Another friend gave up drinking two weeks before Christmas and is still sticking to it, even Della, author of Ice and a Slice has been alcohol free for eight years.
Did they all know something I didn't?
In my mind I knew that the Cancer Research Dryathlon was a month long challenge but as I approach February I am feeling more determined to carry it on and see if I can go twelve months alcohol free.
Della's thought provoking book and my inspirational clients certainly prove that there is life after alcohol and even though I have only been 'dry' for three weeks I can already notice a difference:-
- Weight loss
- No fuzzy head on a Saturday or Sunday morning
- I have more energy
- I am up and about early at the weekends and making the most of my time
- My concentration has improved
- No more adult acne!
There is still time to donate on my Dryathlete page www.justgiving.com/Shelley-Wilson-dryathlete and help raise money for Cancer Research UK, thank you.
I would love to hear from you if you have taken part in the Dryathlon, let me know how you are coping and if you too have noticed any benefits of being alcohol free.