This is the second year I’ve successfully completed dry January & I’m always pleasantly surprised at what I learn about myself & my health during 31 days of sobriety.
As you know, we live in a craft-beer and beverage city which is one of the many things that make RVA unique. I love interacting with the local beer enthusiast through my job and helping spread the word about the deliciousness that is Richmond beer (especially GF).
Being a social twenty-something and keeping up with all the festivities can definitely take a toll on your body (and budget). At some point over the past 6 months, I got really tired of keeping up with the drinking trends. I saw how it affected my mood but more importantly, how it affected my body.
Every time I took three steps forward in the gym, I would ruin my progress on the weekends with my drinking habits. One day, I realized my weekend lifestyle could not continue if I wanted to progress in my health and fitness goals, it was time to cut back in a big way. I finally stopped giving a sh*t about what everyone else thought and made a healthy decision for myself.
My career (that I LOVE) requires me to be extremely social in the Richmond community and attend events where alcohol is always flowing. So my first step was to stop drinking during the weekdays then to cut back on weekends. I was surprised at how quickly my energy levels improved at work and in the gym. From there, I committed to complete a full sober month (aka dry January)... so here we are.
What I learned...
•I can still be my bubbly, social self without a drink in my hand
•Most people didn’t notice I wasn’t drinking (they were too worried about themselves)
•My energy levels improved, tremendously
•I lost weight
•I missed wine when I was stressed (which I feel is a bad habit to have) so I turned to reading, staying active and exploring the city instead
•I tried new food spots because I had extra money in my budget
•I overate Halo Top (thank goodness it’s high in protein and low in calories)
•I ventured out of my comfort zone and tried new things
•My skin visibly improved
•I had a more positive outlook on life
So, once again, it is all about BALANCE. I will still enjoy my big glass of red wine here and there, I will continue to try out local craft beverages with friends and I will probably drink too much on NYE. BUT this past month was a great learning experience for me. I saw a whole new side of Richmond while improving my health, mindset and journey towards BALANCE.
I would love for you to join me for another dry month in January, 2018!