Alcohol Free for One Month – Challenge #46 complete!
Sometimes, I get ahead of myself. I set these massive goals, huge intentions, start off with all guns blazing and full of gusto, and one side step, and I crumble. I can put a lot of pressure on myself. I’ve been very mindful of this lately.
The month of May saw me take on two challenges. One, was in regards to the High Vibe Project, professing that I’d blog every day and the other was one of my 52 in 52 challenges – 30 days without alcohol. I achieved one with flying colours and nearly effortlessly, and the other, and crashed and burned before I even got started.
First the Success Story
I went the whole month without drinking [insert a woop woop here]. I didn’t tell anybody, or make any huge public declarations on Facebook. I just told myself, and those immediately around me, that I was going to do it. No external pressure.
When friends asked me to go to the Pub for a Friday afternoon drink, I suggested they come to mine instead. I gave them an alcohol bevvy of their choice, and prepared myself a fresh juice.
I went to a networking event last weekend, and following the training, many of the group were going to out for dinner & drinks afterwards. My initial reaction was to get back home, but then I heard the voice of my Yoga Instructor in my head:
The next time you decided not to do something, think of the reason why – if it’s the Ego saying it will be uncomfortable, show it who’s boss. 2 seconds later, after calling Thom to let him know my change of plans so that he wouldn’t be expecting me home, I was off to mix and mingle with some fantastic new friends.
I was offered plenty of drinks this month, usually on the weekends, at social gatherings where I’d normally have a casual glass of wine. Saying ‘no thanks’ was as simple as that, and often left at that.
The Me in my first two years of teaching would have really struggled with this challenge. That’s partly why I set it for myself. I can’t even remember the last time I got drunk or had a hangover. There was a time when I was partying and drinking every weekend, so I am quite proud of the changes I’ve made in my life. I feel stronger mentally for all them.
Where I went Wrong
I started on the backfoot when I decided to blog everyday about the High Vibe Project. I didn’t have internet access on the first day, and was behind ever since. I let that discourage me, and gave up instead of finding my true voice. I am determined to showcase this fantastic program, offered by Luscious Life Design and I’m starting another round tomorrow, June 2nd.
I’ve decided to give it another go, and eliminate the day count ( High Vibe Project Day 1, High Vibe Project Day 2… etc) because that makes my mind numb. I’m not going to beat myself about missing a day, but I want everybody to see the effects of consciously doing one thing to take care of yourself daily, consciously changing your thoughts using positive affirmations, moving your body in a unique and fun way can have.
My next goal on my 52 in 52 list, is to tackle drinking 2 litres of water each day, in hopes of this turning into a routine. I need a really go system for this one, because being in the classroom with set times for a pee break really add an extra element of challenge. I’ll let ya know how that works out for me next month!