Alcohol has always played a large role in my life. Not in an addiction kind of way, but as a means of cutting loose, socializing, and having fun.
I come from a cocktail-loving family, a small town where there’s nothing else to do but drink, and on top of that, I’m an introvert whose only saving grace from social anxiety was keeping a bottle pressed to my lips.
I’ll admit, I was a pretty heavy partier back in the day, but as I got older and turned my focus on other things, I’ve started staying in a lot more than going out. Regardless, I’m not 21 anymore and alcohol hits me a lot harder than it used to (even when consuming a lot less). One night of drinking will leave me drained for a week – undoing all of the hard work I did of eating right and exercising leading up to that point.
I first had the idea to do this experiment a couple of months ago but wasn’t ready to commit to it with all of the social functions I have on the horizon. But after some deep soul-searching, I decided to go all in. It’s already been a few weeks since the last time I had a drink, and I’m finally feeling refreshed and energized again after a lot of “socializing” during October and November.
I was going to wait until January 1st to start the one year period (since it’s the most symbolic time to make big life changes and start over with a clean slate), but ultimately I decided it would be better to keep the momentum going and commit to it now while I’m already feeling clear-headed, motivated, and totally on top of my shit. If I wait and end up drinking during the holidays then I’ll likely lose my motivation and momentum to follow through.
SO, with that being said, December 2nd is the magical day that marks the start and end of my “One Year with No Alcohol” Experiment.
Just a quick, inspirational side rant – EVERY day is a clean slate and opportunity to make a big life change if you’re unhappy with something in your life. You don’t have to wait for New Year’s resolutions, turning another year older, or near-death experiences to give you an excuse to leave your old life behind and start living the life you want. The “perfect time” to take action is right now. End rant.
Why am I doing this experiment?
I’m curious to see how far ahead I can get in life with no hangovers.
I’m curious to see how my body will transform without all of those empty calories from beer, drunken food cravings, and the lazy, unmotivated days that follow.
I’m curious to see how differently I will experience my adventures by being fully present, aware, and clear-headed.
I’m curious to see what kind of people and opportunities I’ll attract into my life as a non-drinking, healthy-living enthusiast.
This will also be a social experiment, challenge, and opportunity for growth to push myself to form new bonds, friendships, connections, and relationships without any “liquid courage.”
Tracking My Progress
I’ll write a “Monthly Check-In” blog post observing and reflecting on the experiment so far including my struggles, social impact, overall feeling/attitude, and the positive changes I experience in both my body and life in general.
Stay tuned for my New Years Day post which will be my first monthly update on the experiment!
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