Well, today's the day. For the next 365 days my goal is to not drink any alcohol. I've talked a bit about this already, and I can honestly say that I'm excited to challenge myself to stick to this for a year. I wanted to mark the first day by sharing some of my goals and expectations - so here they are!
Obviously, to go for an entire year without drinking
To not shy away from events because of not drinking. I want to show myself (& others) that we can have just as much fun at get-together, parties, or anywhere else when not drinking.
Finding better and healthier alternatives to dealing with stress than having a drink.
To not just replace the liquor I'm not drinking with pop all the time. I'm doing this for my health as well as a challenge, and pop is definitely not a healthy alternative!
To hit my goal weight by December 31st.
I expect the most difficult days will be the special events I have coming up. Weddings, bachelorette parties, New Years Eve, etc. I will just need to remember that these events are not special and fun because of alcohol. It is simply an addition to these already-fun events - they don't rely on alcohol to make them fun! I can still have a blast and stick to my goals!!
I think the most difficult days will be the ones I can't name now - the days when I'd really just enjoy a beer or a glass of wine; the days when the reasons for setting this goal seem far away and, frankly, dumb. I have to remember that I can do whatever I choose to do, and I am capable of being stronger than my weaknesses.
I'm going to update this blog once a week with how the week has gone - both for other people, but also for myself - so I can stay accountable and have something to look back on! So, until next week...